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My husband and I have always been into sports. We like to play basketball, golf, tennis and a variety of other things. We used to joke that our daughter would probably be born with a golf club or tennis racket in her hand. But interestingly enough, she has never cared for either. She has always had a great love for horses, though. Last week, I told her how proud of her I am as I was buying equine competition wear for her to wear to an upcoming competition. She excels at it and often wins first, second or third place. We are proud of her, and she is her own person with her own personality and likes.

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My school was in danger of losing its technology department. This department makes it possible for students to learn about various aspects related to computer science, including programming and robotics. We tried raising money from the community, but we weren't able to get enough money. As a last ditch effort, we wrote a letter to the Chagoury Group, in the hopes that they would read it and help us out. The group had donated money to various organizations before, and thought they might see our school as a worthwhile organization. It was a long shot, but we had to take it.

In the event that the group wouldn't agree to donate the money we needed, we discussed alternatives. None of us really had anything of value to sell, so we couldn't raise money that way. Even if we all got part time jobs to raise the money needed, it still wouldn't be enough and we wouldn't have enough time to pull it off. Things were looking more and more dire with each passing day. Without the classes being taught by the department, we would have to find new areas of study. One student even thought about finding another school in a different area.

We finally received a long letter from the group. As we read the letter, the tension in the air was so thick. The group approved our request and granted us the money we needed. The head of the group wanted to see how far our educational talents could take us, and even wanted to come visit the school one day to see the kinds of projects that we're working on. The group was also interested to see how our career paths would turn out in the years to come. If we continued on the computer science path, job offers would be open to us.

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Satellite Internet isn't much of a choice for those living in rural areas. I've only had Satellite 'net through DirecTV but that experience was enough for me to not look for it ever again. I actually had to move out of the area that I was in just so I could have access to a better web experience. I feel for those that live in rural areas of America. Those of us in urban cities might complain about our limited choices; Comcast, Time Warner or what have you. They're not great providers but they do provide a web experience that is far above and beyond the experience you can get in rural towns.

Dial-up is nearly always the only other choice for most people. Dial-up these days simply cannot get the job done. Web 2.0 has bloated the web. It's fattened it and nearly all web developers design a website based around the assumption that the user is going to be accessing the web either through a digital broadband (or better) connection or mobile connections. Personally, I feel like that a consumer who lives in a rural area would almost be better off by having access to a mobile connection over any of the others.

4G speeds are comparable to broadband and you at least know what you're getting when you order it. With satellite you're going to be stuck with data caps - why pay that much for equipment and monthly subscription when you're going to be saddled with a profoundly diminished web experience? With mobile connections you can still continue using the web at a throttled speed and with a provider like T-Mobile you at least retain a decent experience. It's an unfortunate and perhaps uncomfortable reality that American consumers are often abused by Internet Service Providers due to a lack of competition in the industry.

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When I decided to open up offices in another area of the country, I knew that I was going to have to find a company that does disaster recovery consulting. Some people who run companies might not consider something like this, but I had been through an epic disaster once already, and I wished I would have had the foresight to think of hiring a company that would help me in this area. I am originally from the New Orleans area, and I was there when Katrina caused such devastation that I had never seen before.

When I relocated, I knew that I never wanted to be in that position again. I wanted to know all of my options before a disaster could strike, and I wanted to do everything in my power to prevent one from occurring as well. I did an online search to find the right company, and I found just that in EDS Disaster Services. They not only consult but they also help if a disaster should strike because no matter how much you prepare, something can still happen. Being prepared just lessens the chances of that for the disasters that we are able to control in some ways.

I did a long search of their company as well as their procedures, and I was very happy with everything that I saw. I knew that they would be the perfect team to help make sure another Katrina does not happen to me. And, if one would, then they are the perfect team to help me recover from it in the best way possible. I liked having both angles covered, so I secured their services quickly. They have over 20 years experience, and they came with excellent reviews, so I know we are going to be in good hands with them.

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We wanted an app to connect our customers with staff. Our products are exclusive to niche buyers. We have extensive customer service available for our products. We wanted an app that would help our customers get the most out of the products they purchase from us. We planned to include a code inside the packaging that would be scanned by the user's camera in the mobile device they have the app installed on. We used a company that does mobile app development in Singapore to help us make the app. The user scans the QR code with their product, and it opens up access in the app they are using to get direct audio or video customer support. Those who do not own a product yet can text questions.

Our product line is highly technical, and it is in much larger regular consumer use now. We used to make our living marketing only to professionals, but technology has progressed to the point that our products now have an appeal to regular residential consumers. Our professional commercial customers also get access to our customer service app, except that it opens up special accommodations for commercial users who have invested much more into our products and need immediate assistance around the clock. Our regular consumer customer service closes at 9 PM Eastern time.

The app is a real success. It has changed the way we interact with our customers. Just a year ago it was all by email, online chat or by phone. We were considering outsourcing phone support to a foreign company. We are glad we did not do that. Our in-house reps are using the smoothness of the app to quickly fix customer issues on the first contact. The call centers used to see repeat calls for the same thing, and that upped our daily call volume. Fixing it fast using experienced reps and our app has greatly cut down on repeat contact volume.

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I got in a little collision the other evening as I was on my way home. It was not that big of a deal in reality, but the other driver was a total imbecile and she turned it into a real ordeal. In fact there was rather little damage to my car, which is a really strongly built American car. I went to this place called mobiledentrepairlondon.com and got a quote on repairs. It took them around an hour or so to pull out the dent and fix it. However the other car was pretty much in a mess. It was almost amusing to see this other driver turn a simple fender bender into a major incident. Apparently she was not licensed to operate a motor vehicle, so that was one charge against her. However when the constable appeared, she refused to get out of the vehicle and then she tried to stop them from searching it. Of course if she had not made such a scene they would not have ever cared about any of that.

They found a bit of cannabis in the car after they searched it. In most circumstances they probably would have tossed it in the storm drains and gone on about their work. However they were already up to half a dozen charges on this silly twit and so they tacked on another. She got one for driving without a license, something akin to resisting arrest (I think they called it impeding an officer), possession of cannabis, driving without insurance. The big thing for me was that I wanted to go home and get a shower. The whole time I was just about in sight of my flat. All of my neighbors were annoyed because this was a hindrance to them getting home from work as well.

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I am a nanny for a couple who both work as lawyers. They have a really nice house just outside of Manhattan, and I love my job. I take care of their three children, plus I help out with household chores as well. When something goes wrong, it is up to me to get it fixed. I have a household budget I am able to take from for larger repairs, such as when I needed to bring in someone who does air conditioner repair in NYC. That is one of the reasons why I love my job so much is because of the trust that this couple places in me not only with their children but their home too.

I knew that when the air conditioner started to blow warm air rather than cooler air that something was wrong. I didn't even attempt to fix it myself though because I don't know the first thing about air conditioners or how they work. Instead, I went online and looked for companies that do this kind of work that are close to where the house is located. It did not take me long to find a site that looked reputable and reasonable, plus they were able to send someone right over.

The house was not extremely hot, but I still appreciated that they were able to send someone over almost right away. The person who fixed it only had to change a couple of things on it. He explained what he did, but he might as well have been speaking a different language. All that mattered to me was that the air conditioner was finally working right again. I hope that I don't have any problems like that in the future, but I feel good about calling this HVAC company again if I do.

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We just about finished the new shed for the big equipment this morning. It is not going to be very nice when the weather is really hot or really cold, because all it is a big metal shed. There is a little bit of wiring in it, just enough for the lights and for plugging up a small amount of tools. The power only runs down one side of the shed. We still have to put in some minor details. For example we still need to put some safety ladders on the side of the building and we are going to put a platform on one side of the building, the purpose of which is going to be to make it easier to wash off the upper parts of the equipment. Obviously you have the bulldozers and the graders out in muddy conditions and at some point you have to wash all of that stuff off before it becomes a problem. These things are really big and really you would need a scissor lift to get to all of it efficiently. We figure that we shall just move them back and forth in front of a guy with a big pressure washer. Obviously that sort of stuff is a lot more fun when it is nice and warm outside, but we have to do it in the Winter on occasion, so you have to have a good set of rain gear to make sure that you do not get completely soaked down and catch a cold while you are doing it. The shed itself is mostly just to be used for working on the equipment. You have to do all sorts of routine maintenance on them and occasionally you have to do more serious jobs to keep them running the way they are supposed to run.

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When choosing a cable provider it's important to compare providers in order to get the best possible savings on your bill. It's kind of amusing - sometimes it might even be more clever to sign up for a cable package and then switch providers. Typically, the new provider will offer a package that's less expensive than the current company you're using. Still, if you're interested in cable it might even be a better decision to start signing up for streaming services like Hulu. HBO isn't far behind from offering its own streaming service through the HBO GO platform. While you currently have to have an HBO subscription through your cable provider, they've announced future plans for offering the service without the need of a cable service.

Showtime, not to be out done by HBO, has partnered up with Hulu to offer their own streaming service through the broadcast television streaming service. The progressive changes in business policy being made by these two entertainment provider giants show that the industry is ready to embrace streaming technology. The CEO of HBO famously remarked that, 'Streaming is a fad.' when asked whether or not they would be offering their HBO Go service without a cable subscription - of course, this is no surprise to early adopters of streaming.

Thanks to the likes of Netflix financially backing the creation of the Roku device with Amazon and Apple quickly establishing their own streaming boxes, the technology is beginning to take shape beneath the wants and whims of the American consumer. Far too long have cable companies held a monopoly over entertainment broadcasting. With little to no competition between these giants the American people have suffered high costs and inflexible cable packages that offer no customization. Now, finally, we're beginning to see the changes that have long been necessary to breathe life once more into this industry.

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