Author: Melissa Thompson

Upgraded Technology Requires Updated Troubleshooting Techniques

Technology is always developing. That’s no secret-it moves at an exponential rate. Ten years ago people were skeptical that smartphones would catch on. Today, they’re downright ubiquitous. People practically depend on them for everything from social life to business. Mobile internet usage is on the increase, and becoming integral to profitability. A website that can only function on a laptop or desktop is missing a huge portion of the available market. Tablets, smartphones, and other mobile internet media requires different programming parameters, and is subject to different performance metrics. A mobile network works differently than a line connection. It’s got its conveniences and inconveniences. To ensure that your website functions as it needs to on multiple platforms of access, you’ve got to follow the right metrics. Additionally, you’ve got to find where errors are, and what’s causing them. Your website isn’t going to function with 100% effectiveness on either a mobile or non-mobile platform initially. It may be at 96%, it may be at 70% effectiveness. How you gauge your site’s ability to perform as intended will even differ. But one thing is certain regardless of how you measure these things: the more you follow that which keeps your website from working as it should, and the more you correct such errors, the more positive that percentage is going to be. Maximizing efficiency in such areas is key. But...

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5 Tips For Making Your Home More Secure

When it comes to making your home more secure, there are a few different types of tips to follow. First, there’s the matter of buying equipment that can help your cause. Then, there’s making sure you have the right type of thinking and preparation for possible home invasions, then there is the use of technology and then there’s the fact that you can be a social creature and ask for help from your community. So, five tips specifically can include things like buying a home security system, checking your windows and doors for safety, researching how thieves decide who to rob, using smart lighting, and talking to your neighbors about keeping an eye out for each other. Buy a Home Security System The simplest way to up the security factor of your home is to buy a home security system. There are thousands of different options when it comes down to companies, brands, styles of equipment, streaming potential, controllability factors – you name it, there’s going to be an option to add levels of protection to any number of different potential security risks. The two limiting concerns with this are going to be how much you can pay, and how easy things are to install. Check Your Windows and Doors Common entry points for thieves are simple – windows and doors. So, if you want to be as secure...

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Bill would Increase Transparency in Asbestos Actions

Buffalo-area Democrat, along with several others, proposed a bill to increase transparency in asbestos-related legal actions. The proposed laws came on the heels of the conviction of New York Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, for federal corruption related to asbestos cases. Democrats noted that Mr. Silver had been a roadblock to reform, and with that obstacle removed, proposed legislation is expected to gain more traction. Problems with Asbestos Cases in New York Mr. Silver had previously worked at a personal injury firm that specialized in asbestos cases. He was convicted of seven counts of honest services fraud, extortion, and money laundering. He was accused of providing state funding to a doctor whose asbestos research center gave clients to Silver’s former firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., one of the most prominent asbestos-focused law firms in the United States. Mr. Silver received millions as a result of this arrangement. The American Tort Reform Association called New York City’s courts dealing with asbestos issues the number one “Judicial Hellhole” in the U.S. in 2014. In 2015, they ranked the New York City Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL) the second-most unfair in the country based on the handling of those cases. More About the Asbestos Bill The bill addressed funding provided to victims of asbestos-related accidents and their families. The bill would prevent victims from putting the blame on one company in a civil action and...

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A Real Estate Tax Break Might Not be Revived After All

The Albany real estate tax code 421-a was drafted decades ago and, in 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo decided not to renew it. Because the code is a part of Albany’s affordable housing plan, its revival is being discussed. The idea has not resonated with the citizens of Albany, however. Initially, Cuomo let 421-a expire because NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s idea to append a tax on luxury developments to the code which was supposed to be designed to provide more affordable housing. To some Albany lawmakers, the expiration was nothing more than an attempt to escalate the already seething tension between Cuomo and de Blasio. Legislation based on Cuomo’s revival of 421-a was introduced in January of this year, but de Blasio returned fire, saying the archaic law was based on a “broken system” that should be abandoned in place of new, more current real estate regulations. Cuomo claimed that the new version of the old law, which he named the “Affordable New York Housing Program” would result a total of 9,000 new apartments per year. Whether or not this would make much of a dent in regards to New York’s population growth is yet another question on the minds of taxpayers. Union members are pleased with news of a better living wage for those working on new real estate construction, but members of the Democratic Assembly believe that...

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Subordinate Sues Former Mercer County Prosecutor

Sexual harassment is never acceptable, and it is illegal in the workplace. This includes situations where the harasser is a supervisor or boss. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to “fight back” in these situations. Former Mercer County Prosecutor, Joseph Bocchini, was well-known for making the occasionally crude or off-the-cuff remark, but his subordinate, known only as Jane Doe, has filed a complaint against him for sexual harassment for more than just a few stray comments. The woman, who worked for the prosecutor’s office for roughly 19 years, reports that she was subjected to unwanted sexual advances and sexual comments from the former prosecutor on a regular basis. The comments allegedly included things like “Bang me at your leisure,” “F**king leather-I love it,” and “I’m wearing your favorite cologne.” He also reportedly made comments about the woman’s body parts as well. The woman also reported that Bocchini engaged in unwanted touching and forced himself on her. She states that the former prosecutor also committed assault and battery in participating in this type of practice. Apparently, the actions started in 2003, when Bocchini acquired direct supervisory over the woman. The advances continued even after the woman told him to stop. Accusations and Investigations Former Prosecutor Bocchini retired in March 2015, and allegations of sexual harassment surfaced just a month later. An anonymous letter was sent to The Trentonian that contained...

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Creative Estate Planning: Life Estates in California

Estate planning often involves a great deal of creativity. Virtually any type of planning that you could hope to do after you are gone can be accomplished through the imaginative use of various estate planning tools. Whether you want to leave your children certain items or you want to provide your heirs part of their inheritance now, an estate planning attorney can help. Hugh Hefner, the billionaire owner of Playboy, is an example of this creativity at work. Hugh Hefner’s Creative Planning Built in 1929, the Playboy Mansion includes 29 rooms, and is worth approximately $100 million. It is located in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California. It is near Beverly Hills, and has been the home to hundreds of lavish parties. It is a well-known property with an extensive reputation. In January 2017, the Los Angeles Times reported that Hugh Hefner is currently living in the Mansion, but he no longer owns the property. In the summer of 2016, Daren Metropoulos, an investor, purchased the Playboy Mansion for $100 million. However, he bought the Mansion with a provision that Mr. Hefner would be permitted to live in the home for the remainder of his life. Currently, he is 90-years-old, and is leasing the Mansion for $1 million per year. Life Estates in Southern California The arrangement that Mr. Hefner has with Mr. Metropoulos is not completely uncommon in Southern...

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Dialogue Opens Between India and US Lawmakers on HB1 Visa

Tensions are high as US President Donald Trump threatens to alter immigration policy that could affect H1B visa holders. Recently, a dialogue was opened between representatives of Indian interests and eight US delegates in order to resolve conflicts that could arise because of new policy implementation. The US delegates and US interests were overseen by congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and both sides seemed relieved after talks opened. An anonymous official commented on the meeting: “US-India has a good relationship historically. India and US complement and supplement each other in several areas, especially with Indian talent adding value to US firms, and the biggest examples are Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Google CEO Sundar Pichai.” The H1B visa is typically held by experienced workers in specialty occupations, and because 65 percent of India’s $155 billion IT revenue is comprised of American accounts, businesses and employees in both countries are concerned for the future. In fact, Indian IT makes up 9.3% of GDP, employing millions of people. Mr. Trump believes that the overseas Indian IT business is a threat to American jobs, and a reduction in the number of visas issued could relieve pressure on the American workforce. A reduction in unemployment or increased middle class prosperity would put the Trump administration on the map for a win, which many critics say is sorely needed after his recent immigration ban from...

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Procrastination: Genuine Laziness or Behavioral Concern?

We’ve all been there. Telling ourselves we were gonna do this, that or the other thing…RIGHT after we were done with whatever often less important thing we were doing in that moment. Finish (let’s be honest…start) our homework after watching one last episode of our favorite TV show. Go to the gym after playing that last game on our phone. Some of us even fight with ourselves to stop hitting the snooze button in the morning. Why is it that so many of us are subconsciously setting ourselves up for stress-inducing situations where we panic and rush through whatever it is we need to finish? We all know we could lose our job for being late, yet so many of us give into the “five more minutes” temptation so often and cause ourselves to rush through our laundry list of morning activities: getting showered, getting dressed, getting our supplies together…some of us end up taking unnecessary driving risks…all for the sake of a few extra minutes of shuteye. It makes you wonder if the payoff is worth the hassle afterward. So, is it simply a matter of laziness? Is humanity as a whole lacking discipline in getting things done and falling prey to losing track of time with meaningless activities? Or is there something deeper to it? Perhaps a reason that could explain why so many of us have...

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5 Details To Tighten Up In Your Latest Business Venture

Big ideas, when it comes to business, are great, but it’s often the details that are going to make or break a venture. And that’s why you should take a step back regularly and go through the small stuff to make sure that you aren’t getting lost in the big stuff. A few examples of ways to tighten up your business dealings include tuning up your customer relationship management, cleaning up your social media presence, updating your SEO goals, looking for big data financial trends, and being sure that the details allow you to bend and flex, without breaking. Tune Up Your CRM With the way that certain types of employees come and go, and the ebb and flow of personalities and work habits on any work team, customer relationship management can take a hit when it comes to consistency. That’s why it’s important to look at details of CRM on a regular basis to make sure you’re handling present and future customers with the right kind of approach and ensuring that you haven’t lost the personal touch when it comes to clients. The backlash from poor CRM can be so crushing that it can even put companies out of business! Clean Up Your Social Media Presence With the focus that you put on your businesses professional appearance on a virtual level, sometimes you forget how important social media...

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4 Reasons Employers Let Employees Work from Home

Some people enjoy commuting to the office every day, seeing their coworkers, and collaborating on projects. However, many other professionals would prefer to work from home – at least part of the time. If you’re looking for ways to improve your workforce, consider these four reasons to let employees stay home to work. Sell It as a Perk Employees might find themselves drawn to your company if you list working from home as a job benefit. New parents, for instance, can stay home longer with their infants, which increases bonding time and reduces stress. Workers who live on the other side of town from your office don’t have to fight rush hour every day, and employees can set their own hours from the comfort of their own living rooms. When you advertise telecommuting as a job perk, mention how often employees can work from home. You might allow it every Friday, for instance. Many companies allow employees to work from home permanently. Improve Employee Productivity Since employees don’t have to deal with stress at the office, they often become more productive when they’re allowed to work from home. They can relax in comfort, set up their own workspaces, and keep their own hours. Since they’re not distracted by water-cooler chatter or ringing telephones, their concentration doesn’t get broken as often. This is especially true for introverts. This personality type...

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