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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Banking fees! Are they really necessary?

Good morning!  I'm Kerry J Harrison at the business desk and today I'd like to give a tongue lashing to those banks who are charging exorbitant fees to their clients for usage of those automated banking machines. 
For the most part, banks in Britain have eliminated banking machine fees and some banks in the United States have followed suit but there are still too many that have not and just recently this same issue was raised in Canada whereby one of the leaders of an opposition party accused Canadian banks of over charging their customers for usage of banking machines.
Banks on the whole make more than enough profits annually.  As a matter of fact, they make a bit too much in my opinion and it's about time that someone did something to control their profit, and to pay closer attention to what they charge their customers.
What it really comes down to is that banks are charging their customers to transfer their own funds.  They already charge outrageous fees for all kinds of things and are constantly coming up with ways to charge for additional transactions. 
I know that banks are a necessary evil in our lives but they can also be a pain in the neck when it comes to making our lives miserable.  They seem to spend most of their waking hours coming up with ways to take money from us but when it comes to finding ways to let us share in the wealth they fail dismally.  It is a general school of thought that banks literally charge us to keep our hard earned savings with them and in turn they take our money and loan it out to others at rates that are ridiculously high.  They loan out our money at very high rates and offer us very low rates on our savings and investment accounts.  How logical is that you think?  Time for a change here and maybe a good starting point would be to wipe out those fees for banking machine transactions.
Have a good day and I'll leave you with some useful info.
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Baby boomers being encouraged to work longer

Hello there!  I'm Matt Chadwick at the business desk and this morning I'd like to talk about more and more companies asking their aging baby boomer employees to work past retirement.  I don't think that anyone should be surprised about this simply because I don't think that many companies have done much in the way of making preparations for this eventuality.
For years now the experts have been sending out stern warnings to companies with the message that there is going to be a severe shortage of experienced labor and skills when our baby boomers start retiring and for the most part most companies have chosen to ignore this message.  Come on now!  Anyone can do the math and figure it out.  The mass exit is supposed to start or has actually started.  Anyone born between the years of  1946 and 1964 is classified as a baby boomer.  So if we look at the situation today, the first set of baby boomers turned 61 on January 01 of this year. 
What bothers me and also bothers many business experts is that everyone has known that this type of situation was going to happen no matter what but so many companies are now scrambling to keep as many of their baby boomers on for as long as possible and on the other hand many baby boomers are just dying or can't wait to retire.  Why is this?  Simple!  A recent survey of baby boomers revealed that over 80% of them who can afford it are going to retire as soon as they can because they feel that they have had enough of working.  They have identified such things as:  Stress in the workplace, their employers not being loyal enough to them, younger employees not showing enough respect, an interest in becoming their own bosses which translates into opening their own small businesses, no longer willing to work long hours for not enough money, having to deal with such variables as long hours of commuting, traffic snarls, plus more.
This is how the picture is shaping up.  On one side we have baby boomers itching to retire.  Companies working very hard to convince them to stay on past retirement.  A growing gap between skilled and experienced workers and inexperienced workers.  True it is that many of the younger workers entering the labor market these days are doing so with a bag full of skills obtained from college and university but they are unproven, inexperienced, and in need of having to learn lots on the job.  I guess that many companies were not looking at things in this way opting to follow the train of thought that it would cost much less to hire younger workers at lower salaries.  That point is true but the important factor here is that with the exit of baby boomers comes the loss of years of experience on the job.
Hopefully companies will find a way to right this picture and take the appropriate measures before it's too late.
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Monday, January 29, 2007

Can pets help?

Greetings everyone!  I'm Jayna Sheffield at the business desk and I hope that everyone had a great weekend.  I'd like to kick off the week by talking a bit about pets.
We're now well into the dreary winter season and it's that time when millions of Americans and many more around the world who live in countries where winter exists at this time are finding it so difficult to stave off that old nemesis called depression.  There are also millions of persons who suffer from an affliction called SAD, a type of depression that is caused by changes in weather.  
What to do about all of this?  Of course many people need to depend on medication to deal with their depression but there is also something else that the experts are promoting these days and that is the use of pets.  According to a report released last week, the health experts are saying that pets can not only help you to cope and overcome depression, but they can also help you to lower your levels of cholesterol, stress, and heart disease.  We all know that a dog is man's best friend, that cats can make lovable pets, that looking at fish in an aquarium can help to soothe the nerves, and that the sound of birds can go a long way to perk you up.  Could these be the keys to helping us to improve our quality of life?  Could our pets help us to be less anxious, stressed out, obtain more peace of mind, be more relaxed, plus more?
As a dog owner I for one can tell you that my golden retriever Yella brings me total satisfaction and joy.  Yella joined our family two years ago and we all love her dearly.  Whenever I need to catch my breath or find some quiet down time I call to Yella and she and I go for long walks.  With tail wagging, tongue hanging out, and barks of joy, she runs ahead of me just happy to be in my company.  Sometimes I even find my son talking to her whenever he seems to have a problem.  It's so funny to see him with his head close to hers just talking softly to her and in return she sits there seeming to be paying close attention to what he's saying.  Her ears perk up, her head is close to his, and sometimes she even lifts her paw and puts it on his shoulder.
So you can see that I'm in full agreement with the health experts.  I also know of some persons who take their dogs to hospitals and nursing homes to visit sick kids and the elderly and they always seem to be very happy to see their four legged friends.  Have I convinced you as yet to get a pet?
Have a great week and I'll leave you with some useful information.
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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Wanted! event planners

Hey there!  I'm Alix Shadonnay at the business desk and I'd like to end the week on a high note. 
I'd like to draw your attention to a growing demand for event planners and the consumers driving the demand are none else than seniors.  I cannot over stress the importance of this particular group of consumers.  They are growing rapidly in number, they exist globally, their financial influence is growing by leaps and bounds, and this group is going to keep on growing for as long as the aging process continues. 
There are two particular stats that I would like to share with you but I'm sure that most of you are already familiar with them.  First, it is estimated that by 2010 the North American population would be made up of about 60% of seniors and second it is also estimated that that by 2010 they would be in possession of about 70% of total bank deposits in North America.
Anyone who is serious about wanting to carve out a niche for themselves would start paying attention to the seniors market and the rampant demand.  Baby boomers are becoming seniors on a daily basis.  Who are baby boomers?  Anyone who was born between 1946 and 1964.  This means that the first set of baby boomers turned 60 last year and the beat continues.
One of the growing demands of the seniors market is for the services of skilled and innovative event planners.  They are looking for skilled event planners to plan events such as:
Outings to theatres, dinner parties at home and at restaurants, day tours to tourist sites, sporting events such as bowling, golfing, curling, and lawn bowling tournaments, weekend getaways that would include some types of sports, leisure, and buffet or sit down meals, anniversary parties, plus more.
On paper this may all sound very simple to the onlooker but trust me when I tell you that these types of events would include much more than just the occasion itself.  It would entail ensuring that the needs of seniors are met.  The accommodation of those seniors who are afflicted with those types of disabilities that accompany the aging process, the provision of special types of foods to suit the dietary habits of seniors, plus much more.  Ensuring that the right type of transportation is provided i.e. buses that can accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, and guide dogs.  Ensuring that the places where events are to be held are fully accessible to the physically challenged, the visually impaired, and other persons with any other type of disability.
Event planners would have to make doubly sure that the personnel they hire are fully aware and able and willing to provide the appropriate type of assistance to seniors.  A very challenging undertaking as it would entail the understanding of and fulfilling of the needs and demands of seniors.
I can tell you that we presently have several clients who have found great personal and financial satisfaction as event planners in the seniors market.  Most of them have had extensive training re learning how to interact with seniors consumers.  They have had to work hard at the beginning of their careers to get established but on the whole they have been able to see results after two to three years.  On average an event planner offering their services to the seniors market can expect to make anything from about $45,000 to about $80,000 as an entrepreneur and they could expect to make more if they decided to open a small business in partnership with others.  Experience is the key to success here and one has to do lots of advertising but it is definitely possible and obtainable if you're willing to put in the hard work to get on your feet.
How do you find your consumers?  You could start by advertising to seniors homes, senior condo complexes, advertising in magazines for seniors, large corporations, and some Internet advertising is also not a bad idea.
Food for thought as you enjoy your weekend.
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Friday, January 26, 2007

New search engine for the over 50 person

Good morning!  I'm Kerry J Harrison at the business desk and I'm sure glad that it's Friday.
Today I'd like to introduce you to a very unique search engine that I recently discovered.  This search engine is mainly focused on helping and satisfying the needs of the over 50 Internet user and I feel strongly that this search engine is going to go far places in quick time.  In short, this search engine is going to make it big much sooner rather than later.
They have managed to take advantage of a very niche market and to create a very niche opportunity in a growing market with real consumers, real demand, real growth, and above all a market with a real life longevity. 
This search engine can be found at and what they have done is to provide a place that provides simplicity and relevance.  We all know that the majority of the over 50 consumers did not grow up with a computer closeby let alone having the Internet in their world and as a result of this many of these persons are more often than not very frustrated when they have to use the Internet to search for info.  If you take the time to listen to someone in this group talk about their experiences on the Internet, 9 out of 10 times they are going to tell you that they feel very lost and frustrated when they work on the Internet be it for business or pleasure. 
The majority of those who are over 50 are technically shy.  They find it difficult and frustrating to deal with the Internet but they are being forced to deal with the Internet because the Internet is becoming more and more important to us all.  Of course there are the minority of persons in this age group who are able to keep up because they are the ones who have been working in the computer industry for most of their careers but on the whole most of the over 50 crowd has not. has managed to tap into the needs and demands of the over 50 consumer.  They offer a search engine that provides simplicity and relevance and their list of topics is of great interest to this type of consumer.  Bravo and I hope that others are listening and watching.
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Have a great weekend. 

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Challenges for tele communicators

Hello there!  I'm Matt Chadwick at the business desk and boy is it cold in my neck of the words! 
Today I'd like to pay some attention to those millions of tele communicators.  A name that has been coined for persons who work from home.  During the past few years more and more companies have chosen to allow their employees to work from home.  Some do it on a fulltime basis, while others do it on a part-time basis.  What we're seeing these days are some people who choose to work fulltime from home and consequently they never come into the office, never interact on a face to face basis with their fellow workers, never have face to face interaction with their supervisors or managers unless it's necessary, and don't have a physical presence at their employer's offices.  
In the case of part-time tele communicators, they maintain a quasi physical presence at work but most of their time is spent working from home.  Some part-time tele communicators do work more at the office than at home but never the less part-time tele communicators have limited physical interaction with their co-workers and their managers.
When companies first started to allow tele communication, most of them did it because they felt that it would help to stimulate and motivate their work forces.  In general, they felt that it would allow their employees to better manage their time between work and family, it would help to reduce overhead cost in that they would be able to cut down on office space, but most of all it would help to increase production levels.
Many employees welcomed the whole idea of tele communication because they felt that it would allow them to spend less time away from home, reduce their time in traffic snarls, reduce their stress levels re having to deal with travel time, reduce their costs for such things as gas, parking, and wear and tear on their vehicles, plus more. 
For the most part tele communication has worked and both employers and employees seem to be quite happy with the results.  However, in a report released last week here in the United States, a survey of the top 100 companies revealed that over 61% of managers say that they would be more likely to promote those workers who choose to work fulltime at the office.  When asked why the majority of managers stated the following:
It's more difficult to evaluate an employee when they are not physically at work.  It's easier to evaluate someone who you see on a regular basis.  Face to face interaction is very important and so it's difficult to gain a good comfort level with someone that you only interact with either via email or by phone.  It's easier to evaluate a person if you can interact with them physically.  Team building is more easily achieved if team members are able to interact physically rather than by phone or by email.  Interacting by phone or by email is very useful when it comes to convenience and covering long distance interaction but the face to face interaction is really important when it comes to dealing with such factors as team building and evaluating one's work and one's work habits. 
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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

When travelling to Britain

Greetings everyone!  I'm Jayna Sheffield at the business desk and I can't believe that we're already at the mid week point.  Time flies when you're having fun?
This evening I'd like to answer some queries from some of our readers who have been emailing us with questions on what they should be preparing for if they decide to travel to England either for a visit or to work.  Firstly, there is a difference in the power supply between North America and Britain.  In fact, Britain and Europe have the same type of voltages and power supply, North America and the Caribbean have the same type but there is a difference between each continent.
When travelling to Britain and if you decide to take along things such as your computer, blow dryer, and any other appliance or piece of equipment that requires an outlet, you will need to purchase special power adapters to fit the British circuitry. 
If you're taking along a cell phone, then make very sure that your phone will work in Britain.  The best thing may be for you to purchase a phone in Britain while you're there and use it to make calls back to North America.  You would probably run into problems if you were to take your cell phone from here as the long distance charges for you to use your phone from there to call here may be sky high.  The roaming charges may be very high and it would indeed be better to buy or even rent a phone while in Britain. 
Another thing that you can do is to buy prepaid long distance cards in England and use them to call back to North America.  It would be a lot cheaper than purchasing a cell phone and these days those prepaid long distance cards are extremely cheap and well priced.
Make sure that your clothes are adequate enough to stand up to the changeable British weather.  Be sure to check out the type of weather to be expected at the time of your travel.
It may also be better to buy your British currency (pounds Sterling) when you get to England.  Sometimes you can use your debit card while there to withdraw money but best to check with your financial institute before going on your trip.  Of course the always dependable credit card will work for you. 
That's it!  There are definitely more tips but these are the more important ones.  Before you leave us tonight check out the best seller Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This book has tons of ideas for those of you who are looking for entrepreneurial opportunities that are safe, logical, and free from scammers and scams.
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Enjoy your evening.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Reducing the risk of identity theft

Hi everyone!  I'm Heather DeMarco at the business desk and this morning I'd like to publish an excerpt from an article that was sent to us by our Ottawa Canada bureau.  Last week one of Canada's largest banks, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, revealed that a hard drive with info on hundreds of thousands of their clients had gone missing.  This is not the first time that this particular bank has run into problems re misplacing or losing vital customer info and now the privacy commissioner of Canada has decided to launch an investigation. 
This is very serious stuff and is definitely not confined to Canada.  Last week a very well known credit company in Boston admitted that a hacker had hacked into their system taking with them info on millions of customers living in America, Canada, England, and Europe.  It's time for us to take this thing seriously and to realize that identity theft is growing out of control and that if we are unfortunate enough to fall victim our entire life can be greatly affected.
Why wait?  Don't ever say it could never be me!  No one is exempt but there are things that we can do to minimize the risk.  I hope that the following article is of help.
Have a great day.
Privacy Commissioner's Message
Five Key Steps to Reduce the Risk of Identity Theft
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes and it can affect everyone, including you. Protect your personal information from being at risk.
Identity theft involves the unauthorized collection and use of your personal information, including your name, date of birth, address, credit card, Social Insurance Number and other personal identification numbers, usually for fraudulent purposes.
The societal and personal costs of identity theft can be significant, but there are some basic steps you can take to reduce your risk:
Protect your computer by using a firewall, anti-virus software and other security measures. An increasingly common practice is the use of malicious code (viruses, worms and Trojan horses) to acquire the personal information needed to commit identity theft.
Always be suspicious of e-mails from financial institutions, Internet service providers and other organizations asking you to provide personal information online. Reputable firms generally do not ask for personal information in this manner,but if you are at all uncertain, look up their phone number in the phone directory and call them. Clues to fraudulent e-mails include lack of personal greetings and spelling or grammatical errors. Under no circumstances should you click on any links in the e-mail or cut and paste them into your browser - chances are the link will take you to a fake website.
Identity theft does not solely take place online. Protect your mail - place outgoing mail in post office collection boxes or at your local post office. Promptly remove incoming mail from your mail box. Get into the habit of shredding or destroying pre-approved credit card, insurance or loan applications, bills, credit card receipts - anything that contains your personal information - when no longer needed. Also, get into the habit of checking your credit report on an annual basis - the major credit reporting bureaus will provide one free report each year.
Do not give out personal information over the phone, unless you know the person to whom you are speaking, or you initiated the call yourself. If someone calls with an offer that sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Do not let them pressure you into disclosing personal information or making any other commitment - if they do pressure you, hang up.
If, for any reason, you believe or suspect that your personal information may have been compromised, contact the proper authorities (i.e., your bank, credit card issuer, credit reporting bureaus, utility provider, and so on) as soon as possible. Depending on the nature, extent and severity of the compromise, you should also consider contacting local law enforcement.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Challenges for experienced workers being laid off

Good day everyone!  I'm Jeff Marquis at the business desk and I'd like to start the week by zooming in on those experienced workers who have either been laid off or are facing the unpleasant prospect of being laid off.
It's never a very happy situation for any worker to be laid off both expectedly or unexpectedly but for workers with experience it's even more difficult.  For the past few years there has been a very worrisome trend creeping into the American workplace.  That being that many companies are more and more likely to get rid of those workers with more experience because for reasons like trying to save on high salaries, wanting to employ younger workers, and wanting to give younger workers a chance.  Right or wrong it's what's happening today and it also appears that the invisible cut-off age is anyone over 40 years today is in trouble. 
I for one am in total disagreement with this trend.  Not because that I myself am over 40 but also for the simple fact that we need to keep our experienced workers in the workplace.  Our experienced labor force have a very important part to play in the workplace and our younger workers could never hope to carry the ball without the support, tutelage, and guidance from their more experienced colleagues.
Many experts are saying that with all of this in mind, experienced workers need to safeguard themselves from being unexpectedly laid off, they need to prepare themselves for being told that they are no longer needed, and they need to look after themselves first.  For if they don't their employers certainly won't.  I've done a bit of research and I've found some tips for those of our experienced workers who are in these types of situations.
Develop networks outside of work.  Join both social and business clubs.  If you are interested in or play any kind of sport then join a sporting club.
Keep your eye out for job opportunities that are similar to what you presently do.
Every now and then apply for something that interests you and if asked for an interview go to it.  It never hurts to get your name out there even if you may not be seriously looking at the present time.
If you can, make some time to do volunteer work.  You'd be surprised to know how many people have found jobs through volunteering.
Keep your resume and skill set updated. 
Keep up to with marketplace trends and demands.
I hope that these tips help you and if you're looking for some useful info then check out the best seller Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This book will help you to identify some very important trends in the marketplace at the present time and will show you how to take advantage of these trends.  You can order Untapped Wealth Discovered from this website or purchase it at
Have a great day.     

Saturday, January 20, 2007

What you may not know about washing your hands

Hello There!  I'm Matt Chadwick at the business desk and a very happy new year to you all.
I'd like to end this week on a note of some helpful tips for you and with the flu season still very much with us I hope that these are of some help to you.
The health experts are almost all unanimous in their opinion that the frequent washing of hands will help greatly to stop the spread of germs and flu viruses.  However, in a recent ABC news report it was revealed that only 1 in every 10 women wash their hands on a regular basis and one in every four men do the same.  Furthermore, this report stated that the normal soap and water would do quite nicely when it comes to using something to wash your hands and that it is quite as affective and may be even more so than those hand sanitizers.
I am sure that many of our readers are already quite familiar with the benefits of washing one's hands regularly but here are some tips that I found in a recent health magazine.
Wash your hands before and after each meal and before and after you eat anything.
Wash your hands after a visit to the washroom.
Wash them after you take out the garbage.
Wash them after playing with your pet, after feeding your pet, and after cleaning them or tending to them.
Wash your hands every time after handling or touching money.
Wash them after working in the garden.
Get your kids to do the same for all of the instances mentioned above.
Wash your hands each time you handle a book from the library. 
Wash them each and every time you enter your house.
It can not be stressed too many times how important it is to keep your hands clean all the time.  Never put your hands on your face if they're dirty.  Do not touch anyone else with dirty hands and if you have to sneeze or cough, put your hands to your mouth before doing so and wash your hands immediately after you have finished coughing or sneezing. 
That's it for now.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  Before leaving us check out the best seller Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This book can help you to find opportunities that are safe and logical and it will also help you to stay away from those get rich quick schemes with their false promises.
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Friday, January 19, 2007

Important news for diabetics

Greetings everyone!  I'm Jayna Sheffield at the business desk and I'd like to start by wishing you a very happy New Year.
The number of diabetics both here in America and around the world is growing by leaps and bounds and it is becoming more and more of a concern to everyone.  The American government is really struggling to satisfy the demands of diabetic consumers and many other global governments are also quite worried.  In addition, several leading world health organizations are predicting that if we don't do something concrete and do it quickly we are going to face a worldwide dilemma and catastrophe. 
For years now the experts have been warning us to take stock when it comes to such things as our diets and what we eat, how much we eat, how we manage our weight, our level of fitness, plus more.  One in every three Americans has been classified as being obese and obesity has been identified as one of the leading causes of diabetes.  In addition, diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness and if we don't do something now to deal with this growing problem, I'm afraid that we are going to find ourselves made up of a nation of overweight diabetics suffering from vision problems.
Is this what we really want for our country?  Is this the kind of future that we are happy to pass on to our kids?  No!  Not at all!  There is definitely something that we can do to help and each in our own way can do something to stop this global catastrophe.  For example, we can take control of our health and start eating and exercising properly.  We can also find ways to develop businesses that will provide more products and services to diabetic consumers.  I urge you to learn more about the types of products that this very fast growing market is demanding.  A market where demand is way ahead of supply and many global governments and large health organizations are begging for you to help them close the gap between supply and demand.
If you need more proof of what I'm saying then read Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This book has the proof and evidence of a market that is dying for suppliers.  The authors have the stats to back up their evidence and they will show you how you can become a highly sought after supplier.  You can order this best seller from this website or you can find it at your leading bookstore or at Amazon.
Have a great weekend.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Warning! be ware of those who call themselves tecnicians

Good day everyone!  I'm Jeff N Marquis at the business desk and I too would like to wish one and all the very best for 2007.
For my first blog of the year I'd like to issue a very stern warning to you re those who are either posing as technicians or those who are really not qualified to call themselves technicians.
Over the Christmas holidays we received literally hundreds of emails from many disgruntled and angry persons sharing their stories of doom and gloom about how they were taken for hundreds of bucks by some small companies who failed to provide them with adequate and professional support.  You may think that hundreds of dollars may not be much but to a home user it is lots and when a company that has been recommended to you fails to provide standard support it is not acceptable.  These days there are literally hundreds of thousands of companies out there that are advertising themselves as top of the line technical support to home users on a 7 24 basis but in actuality these companies are not being staffed by experienced staff.  In fact, these companies are employing fly by night technicians and with little or no training they are sending them out in the field to provide service to home users.
Many home users are not experienced enough to help themselves when it comes to functions such as data transfers, software updates, hardware connections, system updates, and other types of installations.  Over 90% of them are either technical shy or are just too timid to learn how to use their computer systems.  In addition, they are very much in the dark when it comes to knowing how to properly maintain their systems, protect themselves from hackers and cyber pirates, and they don't know very much about such things as spyware and anti virus software.  Accordingly, they are turning to these small companies for help but in so doing they are opening up themselves to even more problems.
We have had several of our readers sending us emails re their horror stories and one of the companies that has been constantly cropping up in these emails is one called Nerds Onsite.  It appears that this company has managed to establish itself on an international level with several offices in North America, Britain, and Europe.  According to what we've found on their website, their head office is located in London Ontario Canada and was founded by some guys in Ontario.  They do not have any physical office instead choosing to have their technicians do their work at the homes of their clients.  There is a toll free number for North America and when you call and ask for a technician they send you one that lives closest to you. 
On paper it sounds like a novel idea, but according to the emails that we have received, Nerds Onsite has been sending out under qualified, unprofessional, and unskilled technicians to do the job.  In addition, whenever their technicians commit errors and again according to our readers these errors are very basic, they refuse to take responsibility choosing instead to ignore the calls from their clients.  Several readers have reported that Nerds Onsite send out technicians who can't even do things such as configure email addresses in Outlook Express, Who don't even know how to properly defrag a hard drive, who can't even install spyware and anti virus software, who install Windows updates without even checking to see if these updates have affected any existing software on the customer's hard drive, who can't even transfer data from the customer's hard drive to a diskless drive, plus more.
From our research,Nerds Onsite is a relatively new company but I feel that it is my responsibility to pass along warnings and cautions about this company from our readers.
I'll close for now and hope you have a great evening.  If you're in the market for proofreaders, editors, ghost writers, and blog writers, then visit  Here you'll find top notch services at very reasonable prices.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

MasterCard's survey of women

Hi everyone!  I'm Heather DeMarco at the business desk and a very happy New Year to you.
I'd like to start things off by focusing in on the results of a survey that was released by MasterCard in early December 2006.  I found these results very interesting and more so as a woman.  Hopefully those of you reading this blog would or could use this info to target your products and services in a better way if your business is geared towards women. 
From these results it appears that women are becoming more and more influential as the purchasers both as single consumers and as purchasers on behalf of the family.  The MasterCard results revealed that in the age bracket 18 to 24, 54% of buyers were women and in the case of ages 35 and upward this figure climbed to about 61%. 
I think that these figures are very important when it comes to targeting our ads and marketing messages.  For example if we hope to reach the eyes and ears of youngsters, we would probably have to go through the eyes and ears of their mothers.  If we hope to catch the interest and attention of dads, we may probably have to also catch and hold the attention and interest of their wives and girlfriends.  If we want to make an impression of those single men, then too we may probably have to do the same on their girlfriends and significant others because as we well know single men are almost always influenced by what their significant female others say or feel. 
Many experts are saying that the female influence is quite heavy when it comes to things like:  
The purchasing of a home by a couple or family.
The purchasing of clothes for kids and teens.
The purchasing of foods for the family.
The purchasing of appliances for the family.
The decorating of the home.
Lots for you to contemplate and I wish you a pleasant day.  
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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Keep your devices close to you

Hey there!  I'm Alix Shadonnay at the business desk and I wish all of our readers the very best for 2007.
I'd like to start my year by gently reminding you to pay attention to your devices.  You've probably received so many of these warnings before but it never hurts to be reminded.
With a new year comes ever intensified efforts on the part of scammers and identity thieves to make you a victim of their dark and crooked work.  These murky individuals are more than ever on the lookout for any opportunity to take advantage of cells, hand held devices, and laptops that are left unattended for any length of time.  Don't take these individuals for granted and certainly do not under estimate their abilities and capabilities.  In a split second and in the twinkle of an eye they can pluck the info they seek from any of these types of devices.  You may wonder how they could have the ability to do so!  Very simple!  They are highly trained, work with leading or off the edge cameras, and they know what they want and how to get it and they know how to use the info to reach havoc with your personal and financial assets. 
Keep your cells in your purses, briefcases, and in your pockets whenever you're not using them.  When using your laptops, be sure to make sure that your screens cannot be seen by roving eyes.  Make sure that your hand held devices are well tucked away and secure from others when not in use. 
No warning about the security and safety of your devices could be stern enough.  Identity theft is on the rise and it only takes a sliver of an opportunity for your info to be stolen from you and the sad thing is that you never know when it has been stolen until it's too late.
Don't leave any of these devices on a table in a restaurant and walk away.  Before going off to the washroom make sure that they are safely and securely put away.  When working on your laptop on the train or plane, be sure to tilt your screen in such a way that only you can see it.  When talking on your cell, be sure to make sure that no one is close enough to see your screen.  The same goes for your hand held devices.
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Monday, January 15, 2007

Teenage depression on the rise

Good morning!  I'm Kerry J Harrison at the business desk and I'd like to wish all of our readers the very best for 2007.
I'd like to kick off the new year with a little chat on teenage depression.  Teenage depression seems to be on the rise right here in our backyard and so many of us are really struggling to deal with it.
Depression spares no one when it comes to choosing its victims.  From the youngest to the oldest and even our pets are part of the equation.  There are literally hundreds of reasons for depression:  From illness to loss of one's job.  From the birth of a baby to being down with the flu.  From stress in the workplace to changes in the weather.  From having to move to a new home to the loss of a loved one.  Whatever the reason, I'd like to zoom in on teenage depression this morning.
For the most part, we think of teenagers as being gregarious, loud, noisy, happy go lucky, lively, daring, and free spirited.  However, more and more teenagers seem to be falling prey to the iron grip of depression and as a mom of teenagers I feel that it is important for us to be aware of some of the more common tell tale signs of depression in our teenagers.  Several health experts have identified the following signs as some of the leading ones:
Anxiety, crankiness, sadness, withdrawal from social activities, and the development of strange habits.
If you find that your teen is suddenly starting to develop anxiety traits then it may be time for you to check into why.
If you notice that your teen is becoming more and more cranky then maybe you should start to pay closer attention to their mood.
If your teen seems to be sad for no good reason then you need to do something about it.
If your teen suddenly starts to withdraw from normal social activities and begins to spend more time in their room then you should become more concerned.
If your teen suddenly starts to develop habits that are normally not their way of life, then something may be wrong.
We should keep in mind that the teenage years are normally the most difficult in the lives of both parents and teenagers.  The teenage years are when our youngsters experience such things as growing pains, hormone changes, they discover the opposite sex, their emotional beings go through ups and downs, they start entering adulthood, and they also start to discover themselves.  Not an easy time for them and lots for them to cop with.
In a world where technology continues to speed ahead, the definition of family continues to change and revolve, education continues to redefine itself, and so many other factors continue to appear and disappear, our teenagers have more to cope with than we did as teens.  So, no wonder teenage depression is on the rise.  There needs to be a greater emphasis placed on the development of coping methods for our teens and we as parents can help our teens by keeping in mind those leading tell tale signs that I have identified above. 
Have a great day.

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