Saturday, March 27, 2010

an easier way to handle projects

Business software is a field that has become rather competitive lately, and rightly so, as the scope is amazing. Initially, there used to be only the simple types of software available for business, such as accounting and data entry, but now you have assistance in everything from project management software to appraisal reviews, which I think is one of the really cool ones. I did a trial on one of them and I was really impressed at how it worked. With project management software too, there is a lot of coordination involved and so having a software to deal with all the technicalities of time and money allotment and of course deadlines, makes it much easier.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Small business phone systems

Ever since I started working from home, I've been using a VoIP phone system for all my work related calls, especially my international calls. Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP as it is more commonly known as, is an especially great option for small to medium businesses as it saves on time and money. There are lots of small business phone system services available, of which Virtual Office has one of the most powerful hosted PBX systems. Perfect for both long distance and local calling, once you start using the Virtual Office, you'll wonder why you didn't switch earlier.

Residential plans start at just $24.99 a month, which gives unlimited local and long distance calling in the US and Canada and fax only plans at $9.99 a month. Maintenance with VoIP phones is non-existent to minimal, so it's perfect system to install and just forget about it. Business plans start at $14.99 a month for the Virtual Attendant plan; with a wide range of plans, it is easy to customize the kind of service you require.

search goof ups

Surfing on the Internet, one can be sure to come across all sorts of sites, regardless of if one was actually searching for something similar or not. The advertisements on the right bar are especially irritating as they keep coming up with mis-matched results. So you might be searching for a "extended family vacation" and getting something like extenze on the result page. Very odd and definitely not what I was thinking will show up on the page. Quite often it happens with the smaller search engines, but even Yahoo and Google turn up with such results every once in a while. If you see the stat reports for your blog, you will see the way people end up on your blog and often it's through a word that you might have mentioned somewhere deep in the blog, but have nothing at all to do with the subject per se.

magazine ads

Open any magazine and you are sure to find a ton of advertisement for everything from gorgeous hair extensions to getting the perfect tan to weight loss programs such as quick trim burn and cleanse reviews. It all makes me curious as to how many people actually go through the back of the mags for these advertisements? Have you ever bought or used anything that was marketed, advertised or promoted by celebrities on these pages? I haven't found anything that I really must try so far, but one never knows, does one!

no quick fixes in life

I keep writing about it, but it seems to make no difference to those who have already decided to take this course of action. The thing is that there are no short cuts in life, you have to do the work to make things right for the long haul. Even though you might be successful at something like a quick weight loss plan, there are no guarantees that it can be applied to the rest of your life. Some things and even the one I mentioned might not really work at all in the short run. Try if you'd like, but it just make sense to go slow and steady.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

photo: one morning

one morning

A photo from my winter trip to India. I visited north India in the winter after many, many years and although enjoyed a bit of the chill, after a week, I was ready to head back to the warmth of, I sure will not get to say that very often! This was taken in the park close to home where I really enjoy going for my walks.

as a resource tool

Did you know that prospective brides use the internet for research and ideas more than magazines these days? Did you use the internet as a source of information and ideas for your own wedding? I confess that I did not, but I do like to spend time now looking through these sites for the amazing ideas they have. From wedding accessories to photo specials, these sites can be a great help if you're planning your own wedding, or have definite ideas that you want to pass on to your wedding planner. A little bit of everything works well in these situations.

gizmo' or nuisance

When it comes to technology, do you really think there is a point where one can stop and say enough is enough? I don't think so. As new things keep coming onto the market, we get convinced that we do really need them, to work better, to be more efficient and of course to multi-task, where something like a Bluetooth headset would really come in handy. I do like to keep up with new technology and fun gizmo's but sometimes it feels like they are a lot more work than the help they promise to provide.

Monday, March 01, 2010

photo: indulgence


Indulging in a teeny-tiny piece of the most delicious and decadent chocolate cake. It's from a bakery called Baker and Spice, located in Souk Al Bahar, overlooking the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and I just cannot get enough of it. I wish I could have a slice or two every day. I don't think I could ever get tired of it.

printing away

I find that having a 4-in-one printer, scanner, copier and fax machine is a real boon. I would have ended up wasting so much time if I didn't have this at home, and the printer cartridges last for a good amount of time, so it's really worthwhile. While some retail oriented printers such as the epson receipt printer are said to be also a good option, I like my basic version which has been a great buy.The small grocery down the street is always complaining about how his receipt printer is packing up, so I think I should recommend this one to him.

a sleek look

The past couple of weeks, we've been busy doing some rearranging of furniture etc at home. We is a general term, actually it's just been me! He comes and nods in approval though every once in a while :-) I've always like a more un-fussy style and so having some contemporary sofas in our house was a given. I don't care for anything too modern, things that look like they came from the Star Trek set and all that, but I like it to have clean lines and nothing gaudy or jarring at all. The one we have is a nice sleek one, but is really comfortable too...especially for taking afternoon naps!