Door Curtain Styles and Designs

 

Door curtains are a unique accessory for the home that is commonly overlooked in terms of the potential they bring to the overall theme of the space. Additionally, they provide a functionality that is nearly as important as traditional window curtains depending on where they are incorporated.
Common Door Curtain Functionality and Styling
Door curtains can be used for a number of different things. However, among the variety of different ways to utilize these accessories, they tend to be used most dominantly one of two ways.

Coverings for Windows on Doors
The first and the most popular way in which they are utilized is one a set of doors, such as French doors that have glass on them. These types of door curtains tend to exhibit voile fabric, in that they are extremely light and allow sunlight to penetrate the fabric, allowing a soft blend of ambiance and warmth into space. The main reason why these types of door curtains are primarily made of a light fabric is due to the fact that doors to an outside area tend to see a lot of traffic, as such, heavier curtains are more susceptible to falling off their supports and or complicating the opening and closing of the door in general.

In Place of Doors
A second and equally popular use for door curtain designs are in the place of doors themselves. These types of curtains provide a temporary means to obtain some privacy for your space if a door is not something that is attainable at the time. However, many people utilize door curtains as a permanent way to separate their space from the rest of the home, and prefer them over doors. These types of door curtains generally come in a wider array of fabrics than do the curtains used for door windows. As such, there are more designs and fabrics to choose from for a little more customizing and styling for the space in which they are incorporated.

In all, these unique and highly functional accessories do not have the popularity their window covering counterparts do. However, they are slowly beginning to gain in popularity, and are exceptionally popular during the holiday seasons, particularly for Halloween. They provide an interesting styling element to the home and can be a fun alternative to the traditional door. This reminds me of my recent purchase, a set of wooden dinnerware which really served as a very nice piece in my dining table. I think investing in a nice piece in every place of your house will give a nice touch.

 

Anti-aging Skincare Products Had Record Sales Despite the Recession

 

This recession is causing people to make some quick changes to their lifestyle. Some of the things that I have been hearing is less trips to grocery store, buying less food, eradicate all unnecessary driving, eat out less, stop purchase of luxury items, watch movies at home, buy generic products and services, read the newspaper online, don’t renew subscriptions, purchase from flea markets and online auctions, purchase from the dollar mart stores, and hold on automobiles longer. Do any of these sound familiar? Have you attempted any of these practices in the hope of saving money? Well if you are like the average consumer you may have tried more than one in an effort to stretch your dollar beyond its normal limit.


Despite all the cost cutting and penny pinching Americans are still purchasing anti-aging creams and formulas like derma roller amazon at record levels because even if they are broke people want to look good. This in turn helps them to feel good or at the very least better when you consider the volatile times we are experiencing.

Some organizations are quite attuned to this market and they are coming up with new products and services all the time to satisfy what appears to be an insatiable demand. People somehow have the ability to squeeze money from an otherwise slim budget and treat themselves to these products and services that claim to lead the way to the fountain of youth. The baby boomers are a market that is ripe for these products because as they age they don’t want to look like they are aging.

a.)
According to the Mintel Market Research firm, the market for anti-aging skincare has grown rapidly over the past couple years. US sales rose 13 percent from 2006 to 2008, outpacing general facial skincare sales, which grew less than 11percent. Mintel expects the market to remain robust over the next five years, growing some 20 percent through 2013. During 2008 anti-aging skincare products had sales in excess of $1.6 billion.

Actually I don’t see the purchase of these products slowing down even after 2013. If we are experiencing one of the worst economies since 1983 and people are spending money on these products now what do you think they will do when the economy recovers? I think we could see a 30% to 40% increase in sales over the next 10 years because people are living longer. As the population age people will continue to reach out for anti-aging products that give them a more youthful appearance.

Resource: www.consumeraffairs.com

Resource: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2009/02/skincare_economics.html

Anti-aging Skincare Products Had Record Sales Despite the Recession

 

This recession is causing people to make some quick changes to their lifestyle. Some of the things that I have been hearing is less trips to grocery store, buying less food, eradicate all unnecessary driving, eat out less, stop purchase of luxury items, watch movies at home, buy generic products and services, read the newspaper online, don’t renew subscriptions, purchase from flea markets and online auctions, purchase from the dollar mart stores, and hold on automobiles longer, or bringing your kids to Kinderdagverblijf Leiden. Do any of these sound familiar? Have you attempted any of these practices in the hope of saving money? Well if you are like the average consumer you may have tried more than one in an effort to stretch your dollar beyond its normal limit.
Despite all the cost cutting and penny pinching Americans are still purchasing anti-aging creams and formulas at record levels because even if they are broke people want to look good. This in turn helps them to feel good or at the very least better when you consider the volatile times we are experiencing.

Some organizations are quite attuned to this market and they are coming up with new products and services all the time to satisfy what appears to be an insatiable demand. People somehow have the ability to squeeze money from an otherwise slim budget and treat themselves to these products and services that claim to lead the way to the fountain of youth. The baby boomers are a market that is ripe for these products because as they age they don’t want to look like they are aging.

a.)
According to the Mintel Market Research firm, the market for anti-aging skincare has grown rapidly over the past couple years. US sales rose 13 percent from 2006 to 2008, outpacing general facial skincare sales, which grew less than 11percent. Mintel expects the market to remain robust over the next five years, growing some 20 percent through 2013. During 2008 anti-aging skincare products had sales in excess of $1.6 billion.

Actually I don’t see the purchase of these products slowing down even after 2013. If we are experiencing one of the worst economies since 1983 and people are spending money on these products now what do you think they will do when the economy recovers? I think we could see a 30% to 40% increase in sales over the next 10 years because people are living longer. As the population age people will continue to reach out for anti-aging products that give them a more youthful appearance.

Resource: www.consumeraffairs.com

Resource: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2009/02/skincare_economics.html

How to Set Up PC Sound and Configure Computer Speakers

Configuring your computer sound and PC speakers can help you enjoy better function out of your existing sound card. Speakers that are configured incorrectly may have uneven sound or lack stereo or surround-sound audio capabilities and supreme immersive sound. You can set up your own PC speakers easily using the configuration software you already have in the setup utilities on your computer.
Computer sound and PC speakers are easy to set up on your own if you know what kind of computer home theater layout you have on your sound card. Common speaker layouts for computer sound cards include stereo, surround sound, 5.1, and 7.1. If you don’t know what you have, the sound card configuration software will show you some speaker layout configurations to help you determine which one you have. When setting up computer speaker configurations in a place with high traffic or limited space, wireless surround sound speakers can help you get the most out of your PC home theater setup.

Step 1

Shut your computer down and remove it from its source of power. Plug your PC speakers in to the color-corresponding holes on the computer sound card access panel, often located on the back of your home computer. If necessary, connect the audio speakers to their own power and turn them on.

Step 2

Plug your computer back in and boot it up. Access the sound card configuration panel in your operating system, usually located in the System Preferences or Control Panel menu.

Step 3

Locate the audio speaker settings menu, usually indicated by a button or tab, but sometimes in the main menu. Select a speaker layout, which affects the positioning of the speakers in your home theater system.

Step 4

Use the audio and speaker test function on your sound configuration panel to test your surround sound speakers installation and determine whether your speakers are working and properly placed in the chosen speaker layout. If the volume or speaker balance is uneven, use the volume controls in your speaker configuration menu to manually even volumes.

If you use a PC for your home theater speakers, these simple steps will help enable sound and improve your speaker performance.

Migrating a Large Website into a CMS During a Website Redesign

 

Over the past year, my two co-workers and I were tasked with implementing and migrating to SharePoint 2007 during a website redesign. Our site was over 10,000 pages, with quite a bit of duplicate content and none of it was in a content management system at the time. This was a daunting task, and it became a bit overwhelming to think about it too much. All of the HTML/CSS code was completely unusable, as it was table-based and we were migrating to a standards-based approach. Not to mention the ardous process of perfecting our .net cms. We found that this really meant that we were going to need to move everything by hand to ensure that the code was properly formatted.
The first thing we did, and it’s something that I highly recommend, is divide the many sections of our site into essentials and non-essentials. We determined that our home page and 12 other sections were the key components to our college’s website, and we effectively built a phased approach around that fact. The initial launch included the 12 sections plus the home page, and from there we created a list based on which sections were most important from an end-user perspective. Each week we would work through five to ten sections.

It took just over a year to migrate all of sections, but we were rewarded with a great looking site that was standards-compliant, accessible and usable. The entire process was long and stressful, but we did it correctly throughout. At one point, our CIO brought in a consulting team to try to get three months work done in just one month. I predicted that this was too much work and that they would not be able to effectively learn our process in time. After the month, none of the work was done to our standards, and we continued working as before, but this time a month behind.

It’s important for senior management to understand that migrating into a CMS will be a slow and steady process. There aren’t many ways to speed up a large site’s migration when it’s never been in one before, especially during a redesign. It’s likely that the structure of the code will change, not just from the redesign, but from the migration into the CMS. Large sites can be exceedingly difficult to migrate in this way, as they are more prone to scope creep during a large project timeline. Scope creep occurs when users want massive changes to their sections before they are live in the newly redesigned site, or even new applications on top of it.

One way to mitigate scope creep is to communicate a stop on all non-essential website updates during the project timeline. A year may seem like a long time, but you’ll find that with any large site there are hundreds of pages that may not have been updated for three or more years. A few more months won’t hurt anyone, and you won’t be pulling your hair out trying to make updates while redesigning at the same time.

Our entire implementation and migration took just over a year, and was subject to various levels of scope creep, but we finally finished it. When you find yourself in a similar situation, don’t lose yourself in the minutia; instead keep an eye on the big picture without delving too deep. A consistent middle-ground is important to keep moving with such a large project.

Productivity Tips for Helium Writers

 

Productivity is a major issue for writers and having the ability to increase writing production has important benefits for writers. Productivity is simply the ability to produce work. In this case, articles on the Helium site. Increasing writing productivity can increase the amount of articles posted, the amount of money earned in a given period and the level of connection received from the Helium site.
Being able to produce more writing allows Helium writers to share their knowledge and their perspective with the world. The higher the productivity level, the greater the impact a writer can have on the Helium site. There are a number of ways that Helium writers can increase their ability to produce articles.

Schedule dedicated time to write
Many Helium writers are working full time at other jobs and writing is either part time or just to earn a little extra money. Writers need to create some dedicated time for nothing but writing. The important thing to remember is that having a dedicated time for writing is to keep it dedicated to nothing but writing. Use a personalised diary to have your mind organized in everything you need to do.

The following are just a few areas to keep in mind when planning a dedicated writing time.
1. Brainstorming
Brainstorming or mind mapping is the process in which a writer develops a series of new ideas for article topics.

2. Outlining
Creating a series of outlines can assist the writer in developing higher quality work and do so at a faster rate.

3. Writing and editing
Writing the actual article is often the most time consuming aspect in the process. The writer develops the thoughts and ideas already complied into the introduction, body and conclusion of the article. Also remember to include any time used to edit the finished work.

4. Posting
Figuring the posting time is often the easiest aspect of the time invested in the writing process. Posting articles usually only takes a few minutes and is done rather rapidly.

Be prepared
Writers need to not only have a dedicated writing time but they need to be prepared for the time. Being prepared means that ideas are ready, outlines are in place and a location is prepared for the work of writing. Being prepared for the work of writing can dramatically increase the level of productivity. Preparation almost always pays off in more output and a higher number of articles produced.

Be focused
One problem that many writers must deal with is the reality of distractions. When writing there are a number of ways that distractions can enter in and create a loss of focus. Developing the ability to stay on task and remain focused allows the writers to increase their level of creativity.