Thursday, August 28, 2014

Short Term Rentals – The Smarter Alternative to Extended Hotel Stays

If you are going on a business trip that will keep you out of town for weeks or months, you should be looking into corporate housing companies that will offer you furnished housing or an apartment rental as best suited to your specific needs and requirements.

But what exactly is corporate housing? It can be described as fully furnished housing or furnished apartments which can be rented on a short-term basis. Also commonly referred to as temporary housing or interim home rental, relocation for work with a corporate housing company would mean an extended stay in a comfortable home with utilities.

These include electronics, linens, housewares and additional services such as cable TV, phone and a high speed internet connection. This special housing service can be taken advantage of by anybody who is looking for accommodation for extended trips away from home. The alternative to would be staying at a hotel but this would be much more expensive and much less comfortable.

If you find yourself in the following list, corporate housing is definitely the choice for you:
             Business travelers
             People who are between homes
             Military and government officers
             Employees and their families who have relocated by companies
             Insurance companies
             Relocation companies
             Families who have been displaced from home due to some emergency
             Families that are under medical care
             People on training assignments of an extended period
             On-location film studio staff

Furnished apartments and houses from corporate housing companies are generally fully furnished with a fully-equipped an attached kitchen, a spacious living and dining area and a dryer and washer so that you will not have to go out in search of a Laundromat. Upgrades in this general pattern would include hot tubs, pools and fitness centers. Some companies may also offer town homes, lofts and condos for rent.

While searching for a company that will offer you a house or apartment to your liking you will come across both local and national providers. While the national ones may be more large-scale, it is generally known that local providers can propose  better options considering they know more of the area the work in.

Local providers will be able to propose apartment rentals in a neighborhood or community ideal for your stay. They will also help you choose an apartment that is located close to your workplace and is in close range of some good restaurants and shopping centers so that you do not have to travel too far for work and leisure.

Extended stays at hotels are always on option when going out of town for longer spans of times but these stays are likely to cost you thrice the amount of money that will spend on corporate housing. Also, the comfort that you will have in a home cannot be compared to the sterile environment of hotel rooms. Hotel stays might be the smart choice for shorter stays but when you need to work away from home for longer periods, take the smarter alternative of corporate housing. 


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Dual Monitor Video Cards and Why they are so Great

Multiple monitors( need video cards to work in certain computer systems. Dual monitor systems are no different. This is where dual monitor video cards come in. Basically, a dual monitor video card is a graphical input device that will allow a user to use more than one monitor in a single computer system. More popularly known as a graphics card, the video card is typically installed in the mother board.

A video graphics card is also known as a video adapter. Its purpose is to manage the many graphical duties of a computer system. A basic card is designed to receive the necessary data from the computer’s CPU and transform it into images. It then transfers these images onto the monitor via its cable.

A simple CPU is also capable of handling graphics without a graphics card. However, some applications require a video graphics card to relieve some of the load thereby allowing the system to render better graphics and video playback. The high-def visuals in today’s games and software won’t run on anything less.

A dual monitor video graphics card is no different. It is designed to work with a computer’s Operating System as well as other programs. This is allows it to enhance a user’s visual experience on more than one monitor. The modified features (after inserting the card) usually includes an expanded desktop, varying features and different windows and enhanced interaction between multiple monitors.

While some video cards are designed to support only two monitors, there are other devices that can let their users use as much as six or even eight. This technology was previously used to display a single uniform image on multiple screens thereby allowing for some very eye catching visual effects. However, nowadays, it can be used to display separate images in different screens.

A dual monitor video card can enhance the way you use certain applications. These include basic OS operations as well as customized software programs like programming software and financial programs. The resultant dual monitor setup would function the same way as its single monitor counterpart. For example, the mouse cursor can easily be navigated to the other screen as if there was no separation between the two. This allows a single user to work on two displays without having to connect them to separate computer systems.

In other words, a system with a dual monitor video card would recognize two monitors as a single screen. The program on display would then automatically stretch between the two. This would allow a programmer the space to program on one screen and run debugging techniques on the other without breaking a sweat.

In fact, there are also some computer games that allow players to use two screens like in first person shooters. For example, a game would allow a player to display the game dungeon on one screen and valuable info, like maps, weapon choices and inventory, on the other. This creates an exciting gaming experience.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Bush gathers heralds for environmental act

Thursday June 15th 2006, 4:49 am
Filed under: List Your Home For Rent

Ever since the NY Times published news on President Bush’s preserving natural habitats, Notebook forwarded the article to many peers, including the anti-Bush. No response from them so far. Notebook suspects the news would be hard to swallow at first. After years of bashing the poor man for “destroying what left of the earth,” it will take sometime to utter simple praise like, “Good job.”

A notable praise printed in the pages of the NY Times, which doesn’t always agree with the president.

The president’s decision caps a century of protection efforts by both Republican and Democratic presidents beginning with Theodore Roosevelt and including Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. But none ever proposed the sweeping level of protection for these islands that is being put in place by the Bush administration.

President Bush is an interesting character, as Notebook learned over the years. The man went through many transition period and changed along with it. Recalling back in 2001, Bush said, “We don’t do nation-building.” Perhaps it was premature but who knew 9/11 would happen so soon. That attitude subside when Iraq came into view.

Just as soon as the critics dared him to confront Congress’s outrageous spending habit, he threatened to veto a spending bill if it went above his number, albeit a bit late. Just when the left dared him putting a woman in place of Justice Sandra O’Connor, he nominated one, but failed to follow through.

Each time critics piled on the message, “Bring them home,” referring to the American troops in Iraq, Bush says, “Stay the Course,” or “Be patient.”

Notebook is not foolish to join the bandwagon of calling for the president’s impeachment even if the Democrat become the majority in Congress. Impeachment should be reserved for serious crime that could damage the country beyond political bickering. After seeing the ridiculous Clinton trial in the late 90s, the idea of impeachment got cheapened.

Every president is entitled to the widest lattitude of operation, as wide as the public is allowed. The secret wiretapping by the NSA, in the public eyes, falls within comfort level. So long as they are willing to trade some privacy for security, the president is permitted to do so. Now, public view will change. One can only raise the image of 9/11 for so long before the crowd starts to think politics is in play.

For now, the public is a bit peeved about high gas price and will vote with that issue on the mind come this November. The public is also worried about global warming. After Katrina, the idea that the planet’s water level can rise and drown a city will bother many. Medicare and Medicaid will bother the Republican as well, just as Social Security. President Bush’s Republican party is not without trouble this fall.

Keep eyes on the president as the incoming weeks approach. His low approval rating number will prompt some level of desperation. Even for a man like him, Notebook believed that when his back is against the corner, the president will surprise the public, including acts like preserving the natural habitats near the home state of Hawaii.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Land - Private or Public?

By: Short Term Rental Denver

Public land or private land?All we ever deal with on is private individuals selling their land they own. The Press Release below is the perfect opportunity to bring up the topic of Private vs. Public land - which is more enjoyable? Which is more available? Which is more accessible? All these answers depend on your own personal situation.

In Texas private land makes up 98% of the state so there is a lot that can be sold. In states like Colorado there is a lot of public land where you can just pull over to the side of the road and hike off fishing and hunting so there is not as much that can be bought and sold in general. One way this land is becoming more available is through smaller tracts of land for sale in Colorado.

Private land counts on the owners to fund and manage the land and the wildlife it serves. Private land relies on the members of government to manage it and the public to fund it through various means. It’s a special situation below because so many millions of people that love the outdoors are all coming together to make sure the public land is being taken care of properly.

It is rare to have 24 organizations representing every aspect of the Texas Outdoors to have a common voice. However, with critical funding issues facing Texas Parks & Wildlife, what better reason to unite? Millions of hunters, anglers, landowners, and others who share a strong interest in sustaining our conservation heritage are hoping to be heard by the Texas Senate.

Austin, Tx (PRWEB) February 7, 2007 — The organizations listed below represent millions of hunters, anglers, landowners, natural resource professionals and others who share a strong interest in sustaining our conservation heritage and Texas fish and wildlife resources. The issue that has brought this wide range of organizations together is the mutual desire to support the Legislative Appropriation Request submitted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

There are six primary funding issues at stake:

1. Restoration of the 10% reductions.

2. Fund 9 is dedicated sportsmen's dollars and needs to continue to be protected.

3. Support full park funding as proposed in HB 6.

4. Keep Rider 27 (as passed in 2005), allowing TPWD to spend revenues in excess of estimates.

5. Create flexibility for FTEs and capital equipment purchases.

6. Appropriate the Freshwater Fisheries Stamp Funds for hatcheries.

The Texas Senate Finance Committee, led by Chairman Ogden, will hear testimony from Kirby Brown, Executive Vice President of the Texas Wildlife Association, and other industry professionals this week. It is also expected that the House Appropriations Committee, led by Chairman Chisum, and the General Government Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Carl Isett, will hear similar testimony.

The following list of organizations have signed in agreement with the testimony to be presented by Kirby Brown: Audubon Texas, CCA Texas, Ducks Unlimited, Exotic Wildlife Association, Houston Safari Club, LBJ Fish and Habitat, Lone Star Bowhunters Association, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, Quail Unlimited, Quality Deer Management Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Saltwater-fisheries Enhancement Association, Sensible Management of Aquatic Resources Team, Texas Association of Bass Clubs, Texas Bighorn Society, Texas Black Bass Unlimited, Texas Brigades, Texas Chapter, National Wild Turkey Federation, Texas Deer Association, www.TexasHuntFish.Com, Texas Organization of Wildlife Management Associations, Texas Wildlife Association, and The Nature Conservancy of Texas.

Kirby Brown has passionately summoned a wide range of organizations to send a clear message to the Texas Legislature, "We are willing to assist in whatever capacity we may to ensure that the use of our state's hunter and angler funds are put on the ground for the purposes intended."

  1. To read the complete testimony to be presented by Kirby Brown, CLICK HERE
  2. To read the original TPWD Legislative Appropriations Request, CLICK HERE
  3. To read statements of support from the various organizations signed above, CLICK HERE


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Top Benefits of Choosing Solar Energy

More than likely, you have heard a lot about solar energy lately. That is because this option is showing that there are excellent methods to reduce dependency on fossil fuels today. Many companies are making use of solar energy and many consumers are adding forms of solar power to their homes. Some heat their water with the sun's energy, some heat their pools with it, and others even power their entire home by using solar panel systems. Solar lights are even available to provide lighting for sidewalks, landscaping lights, and more. You'll find that this type of energy has a lot to offer consumers today. If you're not sure you want to try using solar energy, here is a look at some of the top benefits it has to offer you.

Benefit #1 - Great Resource

One of the big benefits of choosing solar energy is that this is a great resource. The energy from the sun is totally free. It's a renewable resource that is unrestricted. There is no worry about a shortage, you don't have to worry about production limitations, and you don't have to worry about high prices going up as well. With the great advances in technology, today it's easier than every to use the energy from the sun and solar equipment can even perform well on days that are cloudy.

Benefit #2 - Excellent for the Environment

Another benefit that you can enjoy when you choose to go with solar energy is that this option is excellent for the environment. With the production of solar energy, you don't have to worry about carbon emissions, noise pollution, greenhouse gases, fumes, and other things that can be damaging to the environment. This is an energy alternative that is one of the most eco-friendly options available today.

Benefit #3 - Offers Convenience

You'll also find that solar energy offers convenience, which is another huge benefit. You get the same dependability and convenience that you have come to expect with traditional energy sources. However, it doesn't have the high environmental and financial costs that traditional sources have. With this type of power, it's easy to get the electricity that you need without a problem.

Benefit #4 - Big Savings

Last, you'll also find that solar energy also offers you some huge savings when you begin to use it. When it comes to energy solutions, solar energy is definitely one of the most budget friendly options that you have available to you today. As you integrate solar power into your home, you'll pay less for electricity. In some cases, you may even make money if you have enough extra power to sell back to the grid. Also, in the long run, there is little maintenance to worry about, which also helps you to save some money.

These are just a few of the exciting benefits that can be enjoyed when you decide to go with solar energy. If you're ready to start helping the environment, consider using this type of energy for your own home.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Stock House Plans Vs. Custom House Plans, Which is best?

One of the many critical decisions you will have to make when you build your house is the choice between a stock house plan and a custom house plan. The two basic types of house plans that can be purchased. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages. Below is a comparison drawn between stock house plans and custom house plans which should make the choice easier for you.

1. Primary Difference

Stock house plans are not custom designed for a particular person or lifestyle. They are typically designed to meet the needs of a wide range of home owners. Custom house plans are custom drawn for a specific client and property.

2. Origins of Development

Stock house plans have been pre-drawn by a variety of designers and architects across the country. They are developed after studying market needs and include features (like square footage, room dimensions, floorplan etc.) that the designers believe will be popular with homebuyers and homebuilders.

Custom house plans on the other hand, are typically drawn by a commissioned local architect or building designer that you choose. The architect will consider your unique lifestyle, your design preferences and the characteristics of your specific lot while designing the house plan.

3. Time and Effort required

Because stock house plans are usually purchased as-is, they involve a very simple and quick purchase process. The creation of a custom house plan is a complicated and time consuming process involving many meetings with the architect. The time frame for creating a custom design can range anywhere from one to six months. It can take even longer if major changes in the original plan are desired.

4. Degree of Customization

Stock house plans are not very customizable but minor modifications (like adding a bedroom, changing a foundation type, or modifying doors etc.) can be made by a local architect or designer at a modest fee.

However, special needs (like those of the physically disabled) cannot be addressed. Changes are extensively customizable in custom house plans. They reflect exactly what you need and want in your home’s design.

5. Cost

Stock house plans are considerably cheaper than custom house plans because they are simply reused plans, and you are paying for a single reuse of that plan. The designers of stock house plans basically rely on selling multiple sets of their plans to cover the cost of the time spent designing it.

Custom house plans are much more expensive because of all the time and effort that go into them. The fees designers and architects charge for custom design can vary greatly depending upon the services they offer. If you are only purchasing their design services, the fee will be considerably less than if you are purchasing design, engineering, and construction management services. In which case the fee can go up to thousands of dollars.

So which house plan type should you choose?

We recommend that you first sift through the thousands of stock plans available online, and find one best suited to your needs before you opt for a custom house plan. The internet is home to countless plans of architectural types.

There is a good chance that you will find something very close to what you are looking for among them. That said, sometimes a custom house plan may be a more viable option when you have some special needs to address, or you have an irregular lot which requires special building considerations. At the end of the day it’s your call.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

2011 Hyundai Sonata

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is something of a departure for the Asian manufacturer. The word most often used to describe the previous models is “ordinary.” The new model has new styling, showing a sleeker, more sporty design philosophy.

Hyundai call it “fluidic sculpture,” we call it curvy, and we like it. It’s reminiscent of the newer Infiniti’s, with the curvature at the front and back and strakes running the length of the car. It certainly makes last year’s Sonata look a little ordinary.

Add to that, the liberal use of chrome, alloy wheels,, dual exhausts and good looking headlights and you have what is an attractive car. No longer will your eyes pass it over in the street, now it draws you in and makes you follow those curves from end to end.


Internally the trend continues. The fluidic sculpture continues with flowing shapes on the dashboard, decent materials and good quality finish. The driving position is good, with very few blind spots. The instruments are clear, and both analog and digital. All the controls are within easy reach and large enough to reach while not looking.

The center console has the climate controls and the information screen. Touchscreen navigation is an option, and well worth the extra cash, although it does lack a 3D view. All the buttons and switches feel solid under your hands, with smooth but definite movement from one position to the other. It also has Bluetooth, USB, and an optional iPod connector.

The audio is pretty good, with a standard AM/FM radio with a single CD with MP3 capability. There is an optional 7-speaker system available that is worth the money if you can afford it. The Limited version of the Sonata includes a six-disc CD changer, 8-speaker system made by Infiniti.

There is plenty of room in the front, with leg and headroom aplenty. The rear is a bit narrow for three adults, and the sculpted roof shows the compromise between design and practicality. Headroom is limited in the back for adults, but would be fine for the children. As far as new cars go, this shows Hyundai are learning what the US market wants.

The Flavors

There are three versions of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The GLS at $19,915, with a six-speed manual gearbox, six airbags, ABS, electronic stability control, keyless entry, power windows and locks, heated and powered mirrors, and Bluetooth connectivity.

The SE is $23,315. Increased to $26,000 with the optional Navigation and Sunroof package. The Limited model is $26,015 which comes with dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming mirrors and vents for rear-seat passengers. A $2,100 Navigation package adds touch-screen navigation, a rearview camera, and an Infinity audio system, bringing the fully loaded Sonata to just over $28,000.

Engine-wise, it’s the same motor across the range for now. That’s a direct-injection 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 198 bhp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The twin-exhaust on the SE adds a further 2 bhp and 2 lb-ft of torque. There is adirect-injection, 2.0-liter turbo-four on the cards for later, for those who want a bit more bang for their buck. There is also a Sonata Hybrid, which is a gas-electric, but that needs a review all on its own.


Behind the wheel is actually a nice place to be. We pulled up alongside a Honda Accord and were surprised at how good we felt. The motor pulls well and will get you to 60 in 7.9 seconds.Fuel economy for all Sonatas is EPA rated at 22 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with the automatic gearbox. Manuals, are close at 24mpg city and 35 mpg highway.

Driving is smooth, although the noise builds up alongside the revs. Swooping along the highway is an effortless exercise and one we quite enjoyed. The SE test model had “sports” suspension, which held the curves well. Although no track day car, the 2011 Sonata is a decent car at a decent price. For families who want a new car to get them around, this is ideal. There are deals on new 2011 Sonatas but you’ll have to look hard for them. As they are already keenly priced, dealers are loathe to offer discounts. They are there though if you look for them.

Vehicle Type: 4-door sedan

Base Price: $19,915

Engine Type: direct-injection four-cylinder

Displacement: 2.4-liter

Power (SAE net): 198 bhp @ 6300 rpm

Torque (SAE net): 184 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm

Transmission: six-speed

Fuel Economy (MFR’S EST): 22/35 mpg (city/hwy)