A Great Apartment for My Family

I do not make a lot of money, but I still get by okay because of careful budgeting. I have two children, and I do my very best to make sure they have everything they need. One of the things that has really helped me is getting one of the apartments for rent in Newport News VA that has affordable rates. It does help that I fall right below the maximum guidelines for affordable housing help, and this apartment has been such a blessing to find. Since I want to do best by my children, I wanted to make sure they are in a good school district too, which this apartment building is in. Continue reading

Being Frugal with Money but Having a Really Nice Apartment

We got an apartment with a sun room. Have you ever heard of such a thing? It is amazing to live in an apartment with so many amenities. We were looking for apartments for rent in North Fort Worth TX when we found Bella Vista. Our bathroom has a deep soaking tub. Some folks call them Roman bathtubs. We have black appliances in a designer kitchen. Everything about our place is nice. If you need anything fixed in your apartment, the maintenance crew gets to it within a day. We have ceilings that go up nine feet, and there is crown molding. I have never seen that in an apartment.

We really like it here. There are two outdoor pergolas with barbecue grills, and there is a really nice saltwater swimming pool that has a waterfall. I like the area in our apartment that has a built-in computer desk. I use it as a quiet place to work when I telecommute. Continue reading

We Were Looking for an Apartment in the Suburbs Outside of St. Louis

My wife and I wanted a nice little place outside of St.Louis. We wanted to be just far enough out of the city to be able to enjoy the suburbs. I can work in the city, but I prefer the quieter spaces of the suburbs. I like to be able to sit out on the patio and not hear sirens and the hustle and bustle of urban living. We looked online at apartments for Florissant MO. We found a nice place that has a pool and just what we wanted in our apartment.

It might sound funny, but we wanted a gas stove to cook on. That is getting harder and harder to find. Continue reading

We Are Enjoying Our New Home

I hear people talking about car prices and car payments, but the really big cost is housing. You can get a used car and not have any payments and rely on the luck of the draw of whether it will need a repair, but housing is perpetual. You will always pay one way or another. Either in taxes and upkeep for a house, or rent for an apartment. We were surprised to find a really nice apartment in Silver Spring MD that was right within our budget.We thought finding anything that close to the nation’s capital was going to cost a lot more than what we ended up paying.

The kicker is that the apartment that we got is really nice too. Continue reading

Finding a Realtor to Buy a House

I really thought that I was going to be able to buy a house a couple of years ago, but it ended up being a lot more complicated then I would have thought. I had the money to be able to pay for a mortgage at the time, but my credit was in the dumpster for some reasons that were kind of beyond my control. I had some collections against me that were erroneous and I could not get them removed. But anyway, I am trying to find the top Denver Realtors at the moment, so that I can have someone to help me to find a house to purchase.

I thought initially that I would be able to find a house on my own, and thereby, not have to hire a Realtor and have to deal with one. But after doing a bit of searching and attempting to find a house on my own for a couple of months, I realized it really wasn’t working out for me, and I decided that I would have to get a realtor after all. Continue reading

Genius SlimStar T8020, a New Wireless Keyboard Touchpad Equipped

Electronic products on the market today are very diverse. With the extraordinary amount of money, no wonder the producers is unique in its product offering. It is also owned by the latest wireless keyboard called the Genius SlimStar T8020.

This wireless keyboard uniqueness lies in his numerical pad. Numpad keyboard can also be used should a touchpad. And like the touchpad in general, the numpad also support Windows 8 gesture.

To change the function of the touchpad is not overly difficult. This keyboard user need only press a button MODE.

In addition to the uniqueness of the touchpad, wireless keyboard has a button on the keyboard as well as 11 other function keys. As a complement, the keyboard is also coupled with the 2.4GHz USB pico receiver that allows you to connect the keyboard to the PC. Regarding the price, this keyboard is priced at 44.90 USD.

Adobe Foundation Announces 2013-2014 Creativity Scholarship Recipients

The Adobe Foundation today announced the recipients of its first annual Creativity Scholarships, available to teens who participate in the Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) program. For the 2013-2014 academic year, scholarships have been awarded to 25 students from 13 countries, including Argentina, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka and the United States. Recipients demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, a strong creative portfolio and commitment to pursuing a career in a creative field.

Designed to ignite creative confidence in youth, AYV is helping support the next generation of creative thinkers and equipping them with resources to help advance their education. AYV follows a creativity curriculum and provides the digital tools, training and professional mentorship students need to develop essential skills such as self-expression, ideation, collaboration, flexibility and persistence. All AYV students produce original projects in animation, video, photography and other digital media categories, spotlighting issues important to them including poverty, bullying and climate change.

“The youth receiving our Creativity Scholarships demonstrate tremendous creative potential,” said Michelle Crozier Yates, director of corporate responsibility, Adobe and Adobe Foundation executive director. “We’re thrilled to see outstanding young people from our AYV community pursuing education that will continue building their creative skills and give them an edge in our rapidly evolving, highly competitive global economy.”

Adobe’s recent State of Create global benchmark study, published in April 2012, surfaced concerns about a “creativity gap” in five of the world’s largest economies. The research revealed that four in 10 people believed they do not have access to the tools needed to support creativity in the classroom.

“I believe creativity-focused programs are an important part of education because they allow students to express themselves and build confidence,” said Eva Miller, an AYV participant and 2013 Creativity Scholarship recipient. “Through AYV, I’ve gained invaluable skills and discovered that I want to become a filmmaker. The Creativity Scholarship is giving me the opportunity to pursue my dreams and make a positive impact through my films.”

About the Creativity Scholarships

The Creativity Scholarship program provides financial support to students who are in their final year of high school, upper secondary school or the first year of post-secondary education. Applicants must have participated in the AYV program through Adobe’s network of more than 800 strategic partners in 52 countries. The Creativity Scholarship program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), an independent not-for-profit founded in 1919. IIE is among the world’s largest and most experienced international education and training organizations.

About Adobe Youth Voices

Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) is the Adobe Foundation’s global initiative to ignite Creative Confidence in youth by empowering them to find their voice and make it heard. The youth involved in AYV spotlight the issues they care about by creating original media – a process that fosters their passion to make a difference while providing them with the creative skills essential to success in the world today. Through programs like AYV, and by increasing creativity in education, Adobe believes we will better equip young people to be the problem solvers, critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow.

About the Adobe Foundation

The Adobe Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created and funded by Adobe Systems Incorporated to leverage human, technological and financial resources to drive social change and community improvements.

Cool, Indonesian People Make “Printer” 3D

Starting from his love for the graphic design world, John Djauhari now assembling machines printer (printer) 3D. By leveraging open source technology, 3D printers that can print documents assembled Johanes digital into three-dimensional objects.

John worked as a product designer. Some clients who want to make a product sometimes is not satisfied if only to see the design in the form of digital documents. They want physical shape despite the small size.

“Well, from there, why do not I make a 3D printer itself,” he said when met at the show Popcon KompasTekno Asia 2013 in Jakarta Convention Center, beginning last July.

John also likes the toys (toys). Many colleagues who designed character toys and wanted to realize his ideas into tangible form. Some of them use the services of John for 3D printing.

Starting from his love for the graphic design world, John Djauhari now assembling machines printer (printer) 3D. By leveraging open source technology, 3D printers that can print documents assembled Johanes digital into three-dimensional objects.

John worked as a product designer. Some clients who want to make a product sometimes is not satisfied if only to see the design in the form of digital documents. They want physical shape despite the small size.

“Well, from there, why do not I make a 3D printer itself,” he said when met at the show Popcon KompasTekno Asia 2013 in Jakarta Convention Center, beginning last July.

John also likes the toys (toys). Many colleagues who designed character toys and wanted to realize his ideas into tangible form. Some of them use the services of John for 3D printing.

Keseriusan Johanes merakit printer 3D dimulai pada 2011. Ia mendirikan Bikin Bikin 3D Print dan aktif ikut pameran untuk memperkenalkan teknologi ini. Kala itu, desain luar printer buatannya masih berupa kerangka. Setelah melewati beberapa kali pengembangan, kini printer 3D-nya semakin akurat dan didesain menggunakan casing. “Akurasinya sampai 0,2 mm,” tutur Johanes.

Akurasi itu dibuktikan dengan mencetak replika arca yang penuh detail dan lekukan. Johanes terlebih dahulu memindai seluruh bagian arca asli yang tersimpan di Museum Nasional. Setelah mendapat filepindainya, mulailah Johanes mendesain 3D lalu mencetak dengan printer buatannya sendiri.

Memanfaatkan “open source

Dalam mengembangkan printer 3D, Johanes memanfaatkan teknologi open source untuk driver dansoftware. Ia ikut dalam forum internet yang khusus membahas teknologi printer 3D.

“Di forum ini, kita bisa tahu kalau ada algoritma yang lebih baik dan memberi struktur lebih mudah. Bukan cuma soal teknis, dari sana juga kita tahu soal materi yang mudah dicari dan lebih terjangkau,” jelasnya.

Untuk mendesain bentuk 3D, Johanes menggunakan software Pronter Face dan Repetier. Komputer yang dipakainya terhubung ke motherboard printer melalui kabel USB. Motherboard inilah yang memerintahkan gerakan koordinat X, Y, dan Z, menerjemahkan dokumen digital menjadi obyek nyata 3D.

Printer 3D yang dibuat Johanes masuk dalam tahap pengembangan akhir. Ia membuka pre-orderdengan harga Rp 10 juta. Setelah masa pre-order berakhir pada September 2013, printer 3D bakal dibanderol Rp 12 juta.

HP Series 600 G1 ProOne Simplify Daily Fulfillment

JAKARTA – HP Series ProOne ProDesk 600 600 G1 and G1 show business for AiO devices and desktop PCs with the latest design and latest selection of 4th generation Intel Core processor at an affordable price.
Each device allows the user to easily meet daily business needs with a choice of Windows 8, Windows 7, HP Device Support Assistant, HP Client Security applications and strong to protect the data, device and identity.
Increased productivity with HP ePrint for quick and easy wireless printing, as well as DTS Sound for rich audio sound.
ProOne HP AiO 600 G1 is the enterprise-class has a space-saving design with powerful PC performance and secure.
HP ProDesk G1 600 series offers the most popular form factor with the availability of a stable cycle of up to 30 months and to meet everyday business needs with performance and reliability.
Multitasking helped with the choice of storage solutions solid-state drive that makes files and applications together quickly.

This is the realization Stud Google, Moto X

Google not only successfully make the Android operating system, but apparently Google is also competing in the smartphone market plunge in collaboration with Motorola. This time I will make sure to introduce smartphone champion, Moto X on 1 August.
Various leak is scattered, including what kind of form. A leaked disseminated @ evleaks, the usual Twitter account posted the leaked gadget show looks Moto X.
Reporting from VentureBeat, Moto X design looks interesting, where the device has a 4.5 inch screen, while the kitchen spur MSM8960T of embedded processor Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core with 1.7 GHz technology. The RAM capacity of 2 GB.
As for the power of the battery, Moto X is said to rely on the battery capacity of 1500 mAh, which is powered by a battery cover with Kevlar material which is safe on the back. While Android 4.2.2 Jelly bean in trust Google and Motorola as its OS.
Plus always on listening features allow users to do voice commands without having to touch the Moto X. To run this feature, the user must activate the pass setting. Like Siri – that should say Hi Siri password first, the first command to be spoken is Ok Google Now, however, without having to press any buttons.

Hyland Software Named as a Best-in-Class ECM Vendor for three categories in Insurance Technology Assessment

CEB TowerGroup recently named Hyland Software a Best-in-Class enterprise content management (ECM) vendor for insurance companies in three categories in its evaluation of ECM solutions providers in the space. Hyland was named Best-in-Class for: User Experience, Enterprise Operations Support and Enterprise Support.

The report identifies both current and future market drivers, identifies the needs of the industry and lists notable solutions providers. CEB TowerGroup selected vendors based on quantitative and qualitative analyses of each vendor’s solution features and functionality, understanding of customer needs and implementation of leading practices to maximize efficiency and ROI.

“Selection as a Best-in-Class solution within CEB TowerGroup’s insurance vendor review verifies the relevance and ongoing benefits ECM solutions can provide insurance companies. It illustrates Hyland’s ability to offer insurers a solution that can streamline their processes, enabling them to run more efficiently and cost-effectively across their entire organization,” stated Cheryl Nulman, Hyland’s insurance industry marketing manager.

CEB TowerGroup named Hyland Software’s OnBase a Best-in-Class solution for:

  • User Experience,  for its attributes that directly contribute to enhancing the productivity of employees across the organization
  • Enterprise Operation Support, for its attributes that support and facilitate business operations enterprise-wide
  • Enterprise Support for Hyland’s influence and ongoing relationship with customers

“Our industry expertise, coupled with the high-value we place on customers’ feedback helps to create leading solutions to meet insurers’ needs. Our agile approach increases our viability in the industry and ensures an advanced solution offering,” Nulman said.

“As insurance executives evaluate new IT products to support their business needs, many are overwhelmed by the volume of technologies available,” said Aaron Kissel, executive director, CEB. “CEB TowerGroup is the only advisory group qualified to evaluate such a broad range of insurance technology tools and to help insurers navigate the increasingly complex landscape.”

*Technology Assessment Disclaimer– CEB does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in our CEB TowerGroup publications and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors rated “best in class.” CEB TowerGroup research publications consist of the opinions of CEB TowerGroup’s analysts and should not be construed as statements of fact. CEB disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Hyland Software

For over 20 years, Hyland Software has helped our more than 11,500 lifetime customers by providing real-world solutions to everyday business challenges. That dedication is why Hyland realizes double-digit growth, and why 98 percent of our customer base continues to renew its annual maintenance. Our customers see the ongoing value of partnering with Hyland and continue to work with us year after year.

Seamless integrations with policy administration, core administration and claims management systems speed processing times across the entire insurance lifecycle from underwriting to policy services to claims, which increases customer service. Using OnBase, insurers are able to increase profitability through accurate and consistent underwriting decisions while decreasing response times and costs associated with claims.

Vectorform’s Toolbox For Windows 8 Is Great For Multi-Tasking

Based in Royal Oak, Michigan,Vectorform invents digital products and experiences with a focus on innovative mobile and emerging technology solutions. Vectorform partners with premier global brands including Microsoft MSFT +0.72%, Disney, Coca Cola, and Volkswagen to create the next iconic experience. Vectorform was founded in 1999 and now has over 100 employees across the globe with additional studios in Seattle, New York, Munich and Hyderabad.

Aside from designing experiences for clients, their elite team of artists, engineers, entrepreneurs and technologists has also developed a number of its own applications that have proven very successful.

 

“Vectorform has evolved from a digital agency to part think tank, part lab, and part studio,” stated Vectorform Director of Product Vision, Kevin Foreman.

One of Vectorform’s most popular applications is the ever-evolving Toolbox for Windows 8.  The free application has recorded over 850,000 downloads and is currently the number 1 productivity app available on the Windows Store. With Toolbox you can view and interact with up to six different tools at once, giving you the power and flexibility to customize your workspace for maximum productivity.

There are currently 12 tools available within Toolbox, including a Facebook FB -1.02% application, voice notes, real-time currency converter, web browser, and a Twitter client that was added just this past May. The Twitter application refreshes in real time so that you can view details of content without having to leave the timeline.

When asked why Vectorform was primarily focused on developing apps for the Windows 8 app store, Foreman said “Toolbox specifically was focused on Windows 8, and Toolbox may be ported to additional operating systems.  As a company, we’re focused on mobile and emerging technologies.  We’re platform agnostic.”

Foreman told me that they were one of the companies that had the Microsoft Surface table product a few years ago.  They created a 360-degree user interface where music chips could be dragged around and they used this application create the Vectorform Surface DJ.

Another major project for Vectorform involved the 2008 election where President Barack Obama faced off against John McCain.  Vectorform worked with MSNBC to create virtual charts of aggregated electoral votes used on air by anchor Chuck Todd.

Vectorform was able to take this campaign from concept to final product in 3 weeks.  Vectorform has a passion for creating great products and this is what keeps the company growing.