More Cars Shipped, Means Lower Quote For You

More Cars Shipped, Means Lower Quote For You

Everything seems to be cheaper when you buy in bulk. The same can go for car transport. These days, every dollar counts, and we have to shop around to get the best bargains. This applies to food, consumer products and even some reliable car transportation. You know that when you buy something online from a company, and then perhaps add another thing to the order, they are likely to give you a deal and ship both items for the same charge.

If you have a good broker with a car transport company that wants to work for you, and not against you, and will do their very best to make the deal work for you, then you can look forward to a bargain. The more cars that some brokers can ship at the same time, although dropped off at different locations, means savings passed along to each customer. More cars shipped together on a reliable car transportation rig means less time zipping around for the driver to pick up one here and one there. Less time for the driver and less mileage means savings for all customers using that particular transport route.

I think it’s like getting a baker’s dozen, which is thirteen — one free means less costs when split amongst all. With door to door car transport the cost may run a little more but it’s a lot safer than shipping terminal to terminal. Your car is looked after from the moment it’s loaded onto the car transport rig, to the moment it’s offloaded at your home and you drive it into your garage. A reliable car transportation site will have a means for them to quote you quickly through email, but if you just want to call them up right away and speak to the broker, then they will also have a toll free phone number for their customer’s convenience.

Car transport today is like the cattle drives back in the Old West. Round them on up, load them up, unload them at their destination. Of course, today, the destination may be a garage attached to a home on a cliff, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We should all be so lucky. In the meantime, we can dream about the car about to arrive at our urban curb, all shiny and clean because it was transported in a dealer type covered rig, safe and sound, and if cars could think like their owners, bursting with anticipation at the road ahead.

Credible News Sources

Credible News Sources

Recently, Keith Olbermann, on his MSNBC news show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, cited Fox News as the “worst persons in the world.” He claimed that the Fox News Channel is blatant right-wing propaganda. He also noted that President Obama, in a recent TV interview (the same interview, incidentally, as the now-notorious fly-swatting incident, in which, according to news reports on MSNBC, NBC, CBS, CNN and elsewhere, the President demonstrates his “remarkable fly-swatting skills”) claimed that there was at least one news channel dedicated to undermining his administration at all costs. Olbermann suggests that the President was referring to Fox News.

Back in the day when the Republicans controlled both houses as well as the Presidency, a period that might well go down in history as a modern-day Dark Ages or Reign of Terror, the Fox News channel was considered to be the bastion of credible news. So much so that all other news agencies were too afraid even to question their authority.

Fox News, owned by Australian media magnate Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., had started on the premise that conventional news sources like CNN and network news operated on a principle of a subtle left-wing cultural bias resulting from the educational and social milieu of their journalists. The solution that Fox News apparently proposed was to dedicate a news channel to supposedly “fair and balanced” news coverage. “Fair and balanced” became their watchword, but it soon proved to be ironic. Over time, their supposedly objective news coverage has been exposed as right-wing propaganda that was pretty blatantly pandering to the Bush administration while they were in power.

This brings us to MSNBC’s news lineup. MSNBC is a news channel that is produced as a joint venture, as the name suggests, between Microsoft (the monolithic software giant founded by Bill Gates) and NBC. Their lineup of news shows supposedly offers us the alternative to Fox News, but, as implied by Keith Olbermann, what they are really offering us is left-wing propaganda that panders to the Obama administration.

The tragic consequence of all this government pandering and institutional propaganda is that the number-one casualty in mainstream news coverage is credibility. Where are the Woodwards and Bernsteins of today, with their stunning exposés of corruption in high places? Definitely not at either Fox News or MSNBC.

Perhaps the answer to where we can find credible news sources lies with CNN–still bland and presenting the façade of objectivity while concealing a subtle left-wing bias–who now, apparently, resorts to blogs, Twitter feeds and Facebook posts to supplement their on-site correspondent reports. CNN even encourages you to submit amateur videos via the “iReport” section on their website, which allows them to feature the videos on their news shows after a process of vetting and verification. In fact, in the ongoing Iranian uprisings, where mainstream journalists are being banned and extradited by the authoritarian Iranian regime, western news sources are having to rely on Twitter feeds, blogs and amateur video from Iranian citizens as their news sources.

This brings us to the argument that mainstream news organizations have recently been making against the Blogsphere, especially in the wake of such recent films as State of Play, directed by Kevin Macdonald, namely that the Blogsphere is composed primarily of amateurs who are out of their depth, whereas if you are looking for cutting-edge Woodward-and-Bernstein style in-depth reporting, you will find it only at the major news organizations who have the skills and resources at their disposal to support that kind of news coverage.

The reality–at least two of the so-called major news organizations are dedicated to producing partisan propaganda that pretty shamelessly panders to politicians while the third is increasingly resorting to the Blogsphere to provide its news sources. As for Woodward and Bernstein, they are both retired and writing books for a living.

The moral of the story appears to be, therefore, that if you are looking for cutting-edge journalism, skip the news networks and, instead, check out the Blogsphere!

What is Computer Security and How to Enjoy Safer Computing?

What is Computer Security and How to Enjoy Safer Computing?

Computer security plays a very crucial role to enjoy safer computing. There are hackers who break into your computer through the Internet and steal your important information. There are also online criminals who create malicious software to harm your computer. By any means you need to protect your computer and important personal information. And this could be possible only with a strong computer security.

 

To protect your computer against potential security threats, you need to take several measures. For better PC security firewall, virus, spyware and other malware protection are highly important. In addition, you should also update your Windows operating system as well. In this article you will find detailed information about all of them. To enjoy secure computing you can talk to a computer tech support service provider for virus troubleshooting.

 

Let’s start our discussion with firewall. This is a software or hardware which checks information that comes from the Internet or a network. It is the firewall which decides whether to turns the information away or allows it to pass through to the computer and it entirely depends on the settings of the firewall. So, firewall comes to a great help to prevent hackers from gaining access to your PC. If you are using Windows operating system, there is built-in firewall and it is turned on automatically.

 

Hackers also use viruses, worms, and Trojan horses to infect vulnerable computers. Viruses are small programs which worms can replicate them from one computer to another and result various problems. On the other hand, Trojan horses come in the disguise of email attachment. All these malicious objects can not only erase information from your hard disk but they also have potential to completely disable your computer. To protect your computer against them you should install a powerful anti-virus program which will scan email and other files on your computer and save your PC from viruses, worms, and Trojan horses.

 

Another malicious object is spyware. This small software can display advertisements and collect information about you without your consent. There are many powerful spyware which can install unwanted toolbars, links in your web browser or can display pop-up ads frequently. There are also some spyware which collect information about the websites you visit or the passwords you type. An antispyware program is a must to protect your computer from spyware. There is a built-in antispyware program namely Windows Defender in Windows operating system which is turned on by default. When spyware attempts to install itself on your PC, Windows Defender gives an alert.

 

For safe computing, Microsoft operating system offers important updates in regular interval. This is to protect your computer against new viruses and other security threats. You should install all these updates and patches so that your computer can block all the malicious objects.

Cleaning Business Pricing Guide – Estimating and Quoting For Success

Cleaning Business Pricing Guide – Estimating and Quoting For Success

When it comes to pricing a residential or commercial cleaning job it is important to hit the mark accurately with a fair price. In this article we will look at a method for accurately estimating prices for cleaning jobs and offer some tips for quoting prices to customers.

Quoting a price too low means leaving money on the table and wasting an opportunity to profit. By offering to clean at a price level that is barely profitable you will be damaging the cleaning industry overall in your area and you will find it difficult to raise prices to a profitable level in the future. Trying to win customers by pricing low is clearly a bad strategy for getting started in the cleaning business.

Quoting too high means that you will often be declined by customers and may miss out on jobs unless your customers perceive that they will be getting above average quality services from you. Having an established brand that your prospects are familiar with is one way to be able to price higher than the market average. The other way is by offering truly unique services or having a highly effective sales strategy.

The best way to estimate a price is to firstly come up with an approximation of how long it will take to complete the job. Make a thorough inspection of the building in question, break the job down into the various tasks and then calculate the total time that it will take you or one of your workers to complete.

The next step is to take your time estimation and multiply it by a fair hourly rate to calculate the total labor cost for the job. Don’t forget to include traveling time.

A small allowance can then be added on for job related expenses such as cleaning products, transport costs and equipment expenses.

You should then add on another small allowance that can be put towards your monthly fixed costs such as rent, insurance and marketing costs. You can come up with a suitable figure by taking your total monthly overheads and dividing this by the average number of cleaning jobs that you do and month.

You will then have arrived at a figure that represents your total costs for the job. Finally, you can add on a suitable amount of profit and then you will have the total quote amount that you can put forward to the client.

When you are starting out you can compare your quotes to what your competitors would charge for a similar job to make sure that you are reasonably close to fair value for your services.

Don’t forget that the first time you do a cleaning job you will probably spend a lot longer then you will on subsequent visits. After you have cleaned the property once you will then have it in reasonable condition and you will be familiar with it. Many cleaning business operators charge an additional fee for the first visit and you can consider doing so on a case-by-case basis, depending on the state of the property in question.

If you are pricing by the hour you should never let your customer know this. If you have quoted them for a three-hour job and they catch you leaving after two hours, then they may feel cheated. Quote a price for completing the job rather than an hourly rate if you can get away with it.

Price estimation in the cleaning business, or any service business for that matter takes time and skill to get right. Successful cleaning business operators start off with a good pricing system and then try to constantly perfect this system over time.

Ethiopian News and About Ethiopia

Ethiopian News and About Ethiopia

Ethiopia is located in the Horn of Africa, bordered by Eritrea to the north, Sudan to the west, Kenya to the south, Somalia to the east and Djibouti to the northeast. Its size is 1,100,000 km² with an estimated population of over 85,000,000. It is one of oldest countries in the world and the second most populous in Africa – only second to Nigeria. The population is diverse and has more than 70 different languages. The dominant ethnic group in Ethiopia is the Oromo (40%), followed by the Amhara (30%), and Tigray (6%).

Ethiopia has the most number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa and is famous for its rock-hewn churches, structures that tell the long history about Ethiopia. Ethiopian news is dominated by achievements of its world famous distance athletes. Ethiopia’s well-know distance runners include Abebe Bekila, Mamo Woldie, Haile Gebresilassie, Kenenisa Bekele, Deratu Tulu, and Tirunesh Dibaba. It is difficult not to include such athletes when talking about Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is the origin of the coffee bean, and Africa’s largest coffee producer. Coffee is Ethiopia’s number one export and the source of most of it foreign currency. Some 12 million Ethiopians depend on coffee and related industries. Coffee is an integral part of Ethiopian culture and about Ethiopia.

The headquarters of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) is in Addis Ababa, often labeled Africa’s “Diplomatic Capital,” as is the headquarters of the African Union (formerly the Organization of African Unity), of which Ethiopia was the principal founder.

Ethiopia is also known for being one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. For much of the past several decades, the country depended on food aid to feed part of its population. The country faced some significant droughts and famine in the last half century. Latest trends are, however, encouraging. For much of the last decade, the country’s economy has been growing 5-12% a year.

The government of Ethiopia is federal system of government. The current President is Girma Wolde-Giorgis, the ceremonial head of state. The Prime Minister and the head of the government is Meles Zenawi, who belongs to a coalition of parties known as the EPRDF. Under the present government, opposition parties, Ethiopian news organizations and several press watchdog agencies complain of lack of sufficient press freedom. They allege that citizens have little access to media about Ethiopia other than the state-owned networks, and complain that private newspapers are struggling under restrictive press laws.

Ethiopian news print media include state-owned newspapers such as Addis Zemen and Ethiopian Herald, and private newspapers such as the Ethiopian Reporter, Addis Fortune, Daily Mirror, Addis Admas and Ethiopian Capital. Ethiopian news organizations include the state-owned Ethiopian News Agency and the EPRDF-owned Walta Information Center. Internet-based Ethiopian news organizations are many but small and mostly foreign-based. Many of these sites complain of being blocked and inaccessible from within Ethiopia. Poor internet connectivity in Ethiopia may also be one reason for the lack of well-developed Ethiopian news sources on the internet.

Top 10 Quotes From Alice in Wonderland With the Explanations

Top 10 Quotes From Alice in Wonderland With the Explanations

Alice in Wonderland is a tale from Lewis Carroll who wrote it in 1864. The story has been such a huge success ever since and many movies and plays have been made based on it. This fairytale continues to have a great fan base. Its popularity is only increasing with big Hollywood directors and stars making yet another adaptation of the story. This time it will be directed by Tim Burton and Johnny Depp will be the outrageous character called the Mad Hatter.

The conversations between the incredible characters, which include people, animals and playing cards, are eccentric and funny. Some of their phrases have become extremely famous, some of them are considered absurd and some are clearly making fun of the Victorian era.

Here are the top 10 quotes with explanations where in the story they appear. They are in descending order beginning from number 10 and going to number one, the most famous quote of all.

Number 10 spot is given to Eaglet:

Alice and many animals and birds along with a Duck, Dodo, Lory and Eaglet swam from a lake that was actually a pool of Alice’s tears. While at the shore they were discussing how to get dry. Dodo was talking in business terms about adjourning the meeting and adopting more energetic remedies. To this Eaglet called out this quoted sentence:

“Speak English! I don’t know the meaning of half those long words, and I don’t believe you do either!” -Eaglet

Number 9 is a quote from Alice herself.

This takes place during the court scene. Alice argues with the Queen of Hearts about the order of a verdict and a sentence, and then Alice realizes that she is her normal size again and does not need to care what the Queen says. This is why she yells out:

“You’re nothing but a pack of cards!” -Alice

 Number 8 is from the Duchess during the game of croquet after she is released from prison to take part in the game. Alice is quietly thinking about how pepper and other spices affect people.

The Duchess is trying to remember what kind of a moral there is in thinking and not speaking. Alice thinks that there is no moral in it. Therefore the Duchess teaches Alice that:

“Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.” -The Duchess

Number 7 is a quote from the Mock Turtle. He, the Gryphon and Alice are at the sea shore. Alice tells them about her adventures of the day and how she was repeating a poem to the Caterpillar and how the words came out all wrong. The Gryphon is very interested and asks Alice to repeat a poem called “‘TIS THE VOICE OF THE SLUGGARD”‘. Of course the words come out all different again. This is what the Mock Turtle calls it:

“Well, I never heard it before, but it sounds uncommon nonsense.” -The Mock Turtle

At number 6 is a quote from the White Rabbit. Alice follows the White Rabbit into the rabbit hole and finds herself in a long corridor. She sees the White Rabbit hurrying down the passage. Alice sprints after him just in time to hear the White Rabbit say:

“Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s getting!” -White Rabbit

This quote is actually made very famous by Disney Films. They adapted the quote into a song by White Rabbit: “I’m late, I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!”

Number 5 place is given to a famous quote from the Queen of Hearts. She uses this expression quite often in the story. One time is when Alice meets the Queen for the first time. After Alice has introduced herself, the Queen asks her about the three playing card gardeners lying on the ground. But because Alice does not know them and expresses that to the Queen quite casually, the Queen of Hearts gets furious and screams to Alice:

“Off with her head!” -Queen of Hearts 

At number 4 is a quote from the King of Hearts. This happens at the hearing in court while the King asks the White Rabbit to read a set of verses in a letter, written by the prisoner to somebody. The White Rabbit does not know where to begin.

“Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” -The King

On the third spot is quite an odd question by the Mad Hatter.

Alice is at the March Hare’s house and the Mad Hatter is there with Dormouse as well. They are having a tea party. The March Hare and Alice get into an argument about Alice’s right to join the tea party. Then the Mad Hatter makes Alice even more furious by telling her she needs a haircut. Of course Alice declares that to be rude, but the Mad Hatter answers her with a riddle:

“Why is a raven like a writing desk?” -The Mad Hatter

Here we are, getting closer to the best quotes of them all. At number 2 position is a short and famous exclamation from Alice.

Alice eats a cake and expects something peculiar to happen to her. And finally her neck grows and grows so much that in the end she does not even see her own feet. Alice is so surprised that for a moment she forgets to speak good English and cries out:

“Curiouser and curiouser.” -Alice

Finally, number one, the most famous Alice in Wonderland quote.

This quote comes from a conversation between Cheshire Cat and Alice. The grinning Cheshire Cat is giving directions to Alice and tells what sort of people live in each direction in the woods.

Then he discloses as a matter of fact that:

“We’re all mad here.” -Cheshire Cat

Ways to Get Auto Insurance Quotes – Take Your Pick

Ways to Get Auto Insurance Quotes – Take Your Pick

There are a variety of methods when it comes to getting auto insurance quotes, and many of them are good options. To decide which is best for you, you need to get an idea of what’s out there. You could do all this work on your own, but it can be overwhelming, and there are other options available.

Some people want to take care of things face to face, or at least over the phone. In this case, you can contact insurance agencies yourself to get quotes from them. Keep in mind, though, that it will take a while for you to get even one quote while you could be getting several in the same amount of time.

One way to save time in that way is to take advantage of the internet. Online, you can find several websites that will get you several different quotes at once. All you need to do is provide your details, and the agent you work with will get your results from others like them to provide rates on what you need.

In doing this, you’re giving work to others that would normally have taken you a lot of time. Also, in having to go through companies one at a time, you might find that you forgot one – that happened to have the best deals available. This way, you can compare and know you’ll find the lowest price.

That’s not to say there isn’t anything wrong with this choice. If you’re especially concerned about your privacy, it might not be worth it for you. The company will have to look at various aspects of your vehicle and personal history. The process is very safe, but still makes some people uncomfortable.

If neither calling a major company nor working online appeals to you, there’s one last option in working with an independent agent. These people do much the same work as those online, but they’ll also try to negotiate good rates. It’s the best of both world – speed and multiple quotes, but also the ability to speak to real people.

Self Storage Quote For Storing Your Valuables

Self Storage Quote For Storing Your Valuables

Self storage units for storing household goods and business records are increasing day by day, but to get an affordable and sensible self storage quote which suits your budget, you need to check a few of the companies offering such facilities.

You can find a number of self storage facilities near your residence. You can make down a list of these companies and get a storage quote from them. This will help you in deciding and finalizing the company that suits your need as well as your pocket. Or you may also follow the most trodden path of getting a self storage quote with the help of a phone book. The address and phone numbers of each and every storage unit is available in the book. You have to make a list and call those who you think will be suitable for you. This is the oldest way of getting storage quote from the companies.

However, there are certain advantages and disadvantages of obtaining a quote by using the phone book. While getting a self storage quote you can have a conversation with the person representing the company. This helps you in making an idea of how the concern is depending on the treatment you get as a client. But the disadvantage is that it may take a long time over the phone to get a storage quote because certain important queries need to be cleared. Comparing the quotes of one company with that of the other can really be time taking, though the results may be grand.

If distance is a factor and you want a storage facility near your place, you can have a look at your nearby facilities and obtain self storage quote from them. You can walk into the company which appeals to you the most and meet the manager and have a talk on the essential issues. This way, you can get a feel of the company that will help you in selecting the company offering the storage facility.

It is always safe to decide on a company after getting self storage quote from a few companies. You can also drive down the city, meet the managers of these companies, and discuss the important issues of safety, security, and above all, the rent of availing the storage unit.

You may also get a storage quote by obtaining the address and contact numbers of the companies online. You can get the quote and also know the capacity of each unit at the click of a button. The list of all the companies can be obtained in just a few minutes along with the facilities they provide, and of course, the amount of rent. Besides, a number of companies advertise on the net and give attractive rebates. You may also take the opinion of a family member or a friend who has availed such facility earlier. While obtaining a self storage quote you should always keep in mind to ask about the space, money, and security provided by the company and the distance. This will help you in making the right choice and enjoy the services of a reputed and good company.

Easy Ways To Find The Best Car Shipping Quote

Easy Ways To Find The Best Car Shipping Quote

It is not a good decision to drive your car if you are moving across the country or even across the ocean. Here, car shipping is the best option available for transporting your car. But it is really important to find a good shipping quote that would go along with your needs. And getting a good auto transport quote really needs proper research and home work. Usually the contract given by the auto transport companies are complex and unless you understand it inside out, you would probably end up in trouble.

Many car shipping quote companies offer provisions through which you can submit a request to them and they would give you information on several vehicle shipping companies that would suit your requirements. Before selecting a particular company, you must read the contract carefully. The vehicle owners should keep a close look for shipping dates, costs, deposits, insurance and how the car should be prepared for shipping. Each of the concern should be thoroughly scrutinized.

The best way to get the deal would be to reach out for as many numbers of shipping companies so that you can compare the contracts and quotes. You can prepare a table to compare each quote that you get. Columns should be made for total price, deposit, wait time for pick up, delivery and shipping conditions. There are some auto transport companies that allow you to transport a car with up to 45 kg of personal items on board. This includes clothing, small appliances or some other items that would be carried in the trunk to be transported in the car. Usually, the companies require a minimal quantity of fuel in the gas tank. It is always advised that the fuel tank should be filled enough to get the car on and off the truck.

Generally the shipping date would not be scheduled to a specific date rather it would be set within a time frame. The car transporting is not possible in specific dates since the shipping drivers would have to coordinate multiple deliveries on certain routes. This method is very much cost effective for both the vehicle owners and car shipping companies and also the car would be delivered in time too. Yet another important consideration while seeking a shipping quote would be the pickup date and cancellation clause. If you back out of the agreement, most companies would charge a cancellation fee. The contract should also contain a clause by which the cancelation fee should be waived if the company fails to pick your car within a number of days after the scheduled pickup date.

The same concerns are applicable to overseas as well as domestic car shipping. While shipping your car overseas, all the above mentioned concerns should be taken care of. The basic terms and concerns remain the same even though the destination and time is much longer. Besides it is really important to find out if there are any restrictions for transporting a vehicle into another country. Most often such issues would be dealt by the company. But it would be better to keep an understanding of the situations.

You must keep in mind that there would be no quote that is best for everyone. But what you need to seek is for the quote that would suit your needs, time frame and budget.

Family Quotes – What More Could a Family Be About?

Family Quotes – What More Could a Family Be About?

Ask anybody out there, what his priorities are in life – Fame, Fortune and Money, and there is a chance that he is going to say, money, because with that, fame and fortune comes quite easily. On the other hand, if you add “family” to these 3 options given above, there is a chance that 99% of the people out there are going to put their family first, especially if they happen to be ladies!

The main reason is because nature has fashioned a woman to be the cherisher and the nurturer of the family, while the man is the Hunter and the preserver and protector of his little family. That is the natural rule which has come down through thousands of years, and even if a person happens to be a comparatively modern sophisticate scoffing at the idea of taking on the responsibility of a family, one knows that in his subconscious, he has a picture of a tight little compact little loving unit, which belongs to him and to which he belongs. That is what a family is all about.

They tell a story about a multimillionaire businessman who died and the whole city came to pay its respects. One of his business competitors, met the son and said, “We are really going to miss your father. You see, I knew your father well.” And the son replied, “You happen to be really lucky there, because I never did.”

So, you might be an extremely successful person in your own right upon Wall Street, but if your little child does not come running out to welcome his daddy at the end of the day to be swung up in his father’s arms and held there lovingly and protectively, you come in the “nothing” category in the business of life.

Many people are under the impression that taking on the responsibility of the family is quite tiresome, but they do not know that it takes a real responsible person to be a father or a mother. It is very easy to be a biological father or a biological mother, but the real mother and the real father is that person who stays awake all night when the baby is teething or colicky, teaches him right from wrong, is there to hold him when he takes his first steps, and in every way shows that he is there to cherish and protect the little one from harm.

One of the most memorable family quotes is said by a man who did not believe in family, because of an unhappy childhood. But he found a good, loyal and faithful woman to love him unconditionally. The moment he picked up his little baby, he took him to the window and said, “Well son, welcome to the world! Look out onto your land out there and see that it is good. I am here to teach you what your mama has taught me, and we shall both protect you, when you need our help. I will teach you to be a good, just and fair man, my son. Amen.”

What more could a family be about?