Recovering my Deleted Pictures

Last night I had my nieces and sister over for a visit.  I let the kids play on my computer while I visited with my sister.  They had played on my computer many times in the past, so I thought nothing of it.

This morning when I woke up at 5 AM and sat down to work, I noticed that most of my pictures that I had on the computer were missing.  I needed them for the flyer layout that I was working on, and for the life of me I couldn’t find them anywhere.

I was a little angry.

After I calmed down, I decided to see if they had been deleted.  Since my recycle bin had been emptied, I used some free data recovery software to see if there were any traces of my pictures.

Thank goodness the software found them.

It took awhile to recover all of the photos, but I was able to get all of them back.  It saved me hours of work that I would have had to do all over again and thankfully I will be able to get the layout for next weeks flyer to the printer on time.

After all this trouble, I did learn one valuable lesson – I am never letting my nieces use my work computer again.

Fixing Up our Newest Rental Property

While I always have my eyes open for a good deal on a potential rental property, I am still shocked at the number of opportunities that fall into my lap.  I don’t have enough money to take advantage of all of them, but when I do have money sitting around that I can invest, I make sure to use it.

About two weeks ago, I came across a great deal on a property in Plymouth, Michigan.  It was listed below market cost, so I knew that there was going to be some kind of issue, but I went out to take a look anyway.

After looking at the property, I bought it.  The only issue was there was a leak in the roof that had damaged some of the ceiling inside the home, but I figured that it would be an easy enough fix.  We knew some good roofing contractors Plymouth Michigan that we had worked with in the past, so we decided to make an offer on it.

It was accepted, and we just received the last of the paperwork two days ago.

Today we have the roofing contractors out working on the home, and if everything goes well, it should be done by this evening.  That will leave us time to fix up the interior this weekend, and have it rent-ready by the first of June.

Preparing for our Yearly Mail Campaign

While most companies have started to shy away from direct mail campaigns, we continue to use mail as a means for us to reach our customers.  It still continues to be very effective at driving traffic into our shop, and until we see a change, we will be continuing our mail out each year.

This year we found that our regular supplier of mailing labels went out of business, so we needed to find another supplier.  Since we are based in Canada, we needed a company that would be able to provide us with labels shipped to Canada at a reasonable price.  It was going to be our first time shipping them from south of the border, so we wanted to make sure we had a good first experience.

After checking out a number of companies, we decided to work with USLabel.net.  They carried Avery compatible labels that would work with our labeling software at a fraction of the price that any other retailer up here in Canada offered.

We ordered an initial shipment to see how quickly everything would show up, and I am happy to report that it was there within just a few days.  The quality of the labels was comparable to Avery labels.  Overall, it was a wonderful experience.

Now, all we have to do is get our mail out put together and we can mail everything out early next week.

Proper Education is Key to HIPAA Compliance

In our information age where we depend on our computers, tablets and mobile phones to access information wherever we go, protecting our personal information is one of the most important things that needs to be done. 

One of the examples that we can all relate to would be the medical industry.  Your doctor and the staff in their medical practice have access to your confidential patient records and may access it on a variety of devices.  There are plenty of opportunities where someone that is not a staff member in your family doctors clinic may have access to your confidential records, so you would hope that safeguards are in place to protect your records, right?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a set of laws that outline the responsibilities of how medical institutions handle and care for patient information.  This applies to everything from a small medical clinic to large hospitals.

While most hospitals would have large legal teams that would ensure compliance with the act, the smaller clinics don’t have the budget or resources to have access to a lawyer all of the time.  Instead these organizations depend on training their employees on how they can ensure HIPAA compliance throughout their organization.

Statistically, medical practices that have some formal HIPAA training in place for their staff minimize their chances of breaching the HIPAA, reduce the number of potential violations, ensure the security of their electronic devices, and increases productivity in their medical office.

Proper training makes complying with the HIPAA easy whether you have a small or large scale health care facility.

Finding Deals on a New Phone

I have been thinking about getting a second phone for some time now and I wanted to get the best price possible.  I certainly didn’t want to pay full price for a secondary phone, so finding a good price was my first priority.

I knew that I could find a promo code or coupon code that would save me a bundle, so I started to shop for a good deal.

There had to be one out there, right?

My first stop was to look at all the Amazon offers for phones that would work for me.  They always have some on sale, so I decided to see if any of them would fit my price range and budget.  I used a coupon code to see what the best prices were, and most of them were a lot better than I had expected.  In fact, I saw some of the cheapest iPhone prices that I have ever seen online, and I just about added a phone to my cart.

But I knew that it was wise to shop around.

So, I decided to see if there were an Flipkart offers that were better than the ones that I found on Amazon.  All it took was a couple of clicks of my mouse and I found the best price.

Boy were these phones cheap.

I added a phone on Flipkart to my basket, and I am going to go to sleep tonight, think about which way I want to go, and buy my new phone tomorrow.

It will be nice to have a second phone.

Optimizing my Portfolio for Maximum Returns

When I first started investing in my early twenties, I left the selection of investment vehicles up to my investment advisor.  I was under the impression that they would make decisions that would help me to get good returns on my investments and really just help me to retire early.

But that wasn’t the case.

After a few years of abysmal returns when the economy was doing well, I decided to take control of my future and be in charge of my own portfolio.

I didn’t realize how hard it would be.  Keeping track of everything on my own was pretty much a nightmare, and while I did get some significant returns on my investments, it was a lot of work.

I knew there had to be an easier way.

I did a lot of research into the services and products out there that helped any level of investor manage their portfolio and get the best possible returns.  I tried a few of them, but it wasn’t until I discovered the portfolio optimization features of macroaxis.com that I knew that I found the right tool to get the most out of my investments.  It gives me access to the latest trends so that I can build my portfolio to get the returns that I need to retire early.

I have only been using the service for about a month now, and I am a lot happier with the rate of return I have had so far compared to the advice my investment advisor was handing out.  Macroaxis the right tool for me to manage my investments.

Jewel Straps work Perfectly for Strapless Bras

While you might think a guy would not have an eye for fashion, there was one thing that really caught my eye this weekend.  You see, I was attending a wedding, and I noticed that a couple of the guests had what looked like jewelry in the place where you would usually find a bra strap.  It was something that I had never seen before, so I thought I would walk over and ask the young lady that had these nifty straps on what they were.

It turns out that she was wearing Jewel Straps, which are jewelry replacement bra straps that hold up strapless bras.  I asked why you might want to wear something like this, and it turns out that bra straps are not appropriate to wear when attending events like a wedding.  Instead of an ugly bra strap hanging out, these jewelry based straps can complement ones outfit and really class it up.

It made sense.

I did compliment the woman on her dress and choice of jewel straps, which was able to get me a dance and a good night of visiting.  I am happy that her bra straps caught my eye – it turned out to be one of the most memorable weddings that I have ever attended.

Enjoying my New VPN Service

For years I had been using one VPN service, but a few months ago, they quit offering their services.  Unfortunately for me, this meant that I couldn’t watch my favorite programs online and on Netflix anymore.  Frustrated, I knew that I needed to find a new service that would give me the same access I was used to.

But I didn’t know where to start.

I decided to read some reviews of the many VPN services available online to see if I could find one that would give me the freedom I was looking for.  I wanted a service that was easy to use, quick, and that would let me appear that I was surfing the internet from the United States.

It was a big wish list to fill.

I checked out a number of services, but none of them really fit my requirements.  I was turned off by the prices as well.

I was just about ready to give up until I read an ibVPN review online.  It had every feature that I was looking for, and the price was a lot lower than I had expected – just a little more than four dollars per month.

I decided to give it a shot.

It has been a couple of weeks now and I am really enjoying the ibVPN service that I have been using.  It is quick and does everything that I need for a VPN service.  I am lucky that I found it.

Detoxing Before my New Diet

For the last few months, I haven’t felt right.  I suppose that it has been because I have been so busy that most of my diet has been fast foods, and usually when I eat those kind of foods, my blood feels like sludge.  It has been a real rollercoaster that I have needed to get off as soon as possible, so I have decided to start today.

But finding the right detox product to use was tough.  I didn’t know enough about it to make an educated decision, so I turned to the internet to see what product would work for me.  I wanted something that was clinically proven to work and get results.

After a couple of searches online, I ended up at Valimenta.com, a company that specializes in natural customized liposomal vitamin products.  They had one product, Liposomal Glutathione, that is perfect for anyone going through a detox.  I ordered some and will start my detox program as soon as it arrives.

In the meantime, I will be working out my meal plan and exercise regimen to get everything in place to lose some weight.  Hopefully, I will be able to drop about twenty pounds before the fall.

Wish me luck!

Using Technology to Enable Effective Project Management

Lunch today was like every Friday where I sit down with a local business owner and learn about what they are doing in their market.  I have always found it an invaluable process for myself to see the world through other entrepreneurs eyes, and today was one of those days.  I sat down with Jeff to talk about the way he has been using technology to effectively manage his construction projects.

He told me that they were using CheckD.it, an online project management platform that really changed the way that they were doing business.  His employees could check in to their job site just by walking within a predefined area with their phone, see the tasks assigned to them and find the equipment they needed using a simple app on their smartphone.  It was easy to use and it made each job site more efficient than it used to be.

But he showed me the real magic of CheckD when he showed me the management side of the app.  There he had access to statistics and reports so that he could make sure that projects were on time, find problem areas and manage multiple projects from any device.

The software was really powerful.

While this software is currently geared towards construction-based businesses, I can see that something like this would help to streamline our operations as well.  Hopefully they will support manufacturing companies in the future.