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28 September, 2012 03:24

The Risky Tech Behavior Of Young Professionals [Infographic]

Posted: 26 Sep 2012 12:00 PM PDT

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Before I get into all the ways that young professionals are apparently exhibiting risky tech behavior these days according to a Cisco study, I’d like to first say something in their defense. I don’t know exactly at what age someone is considered a “young professional,” but I do know that my generation is the first one that has been been truly mobile. To many of us, “going to work” is no longer associated with a traditional office, and we carry our offices with us wherever we go.

I know I take my office with me in a slate blue leather bag everywhere I go. It has my MacBook, iPhone, iPad, iPod, connectors, earpods, power cords, etc. I can plug-in anytime, anywhere (even in my car). Most young professionals I know are the same way, especially avid bloggers and those in sales. I guess what I’m saying is that risky tech behavior might be a symptom of our mobile lifestyle, not age.

When Cisco released it’s World Technology Report about 9 months ago, it raised a lot of eyebrows about how young people view tech today. For example, 2 in 5 University students say the Internet is more important than dating, 2 out of 3 young professionals would choose the Internet over a car, and 1 in 4 experienced some sort of identity theft before the age of 30 (yup, happened to me too).

The report was comprehensive, and there was a whole section about how young professionals handle device and password management, extreme Internet behavior and lost or stolen devices. BackgroundCheck.org took that particular part of the study, which they found most interesting, and compiled it into this infographic called Young Professionals & Risky Tech Behavior.

There are two things I want to say about this. First, learn from my mistake and never store your passwords on your laptop. Even though it’s a bit inconvenient to type them in each time, you’ll be glad you did if you accidentally leave your laptop somewhere or if it gets stolen. Secondly, never borrow someone’s smartphone. It’s true that it’s a risky behavior to borrow a stranger’s phone, but more importantly than that, it’s nasty. You know how dirty those things are, right? Borrowing a stranger’s smartphone is like wearing a stranger’s dirty underwear. Gross.

Young Professionals & Their Risky Tech Habits

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Take A Break & Guess The Famous Robots [Chart]

Posted: 26 Sep 2012 11:00 AM PDT

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There’s nothing like a geeky “Guess The Famous Robots” game to give your brain a break right now. If you are like me, most days you are so focused on what you are doing that you are able to tune out the entire world and zone in on whatever it is you are trying to accomplish. On those days, the hours are only measured by the light coming in through the window. It’s dark outside when you start working and dark outside when you stop working. When you “lose time” like that while you are concentrating, you know you are passionate about whatever it is you are doing.

I have those days often, but I had an extra big one yesterday. I completely lost time. I was so focused on what I was doing that the entire day felt like it lasted about an hour. I have the perfect little game for you if you are having one of those days, and you just need to take five minutes to rest your eyes, relax your brain and drink a glass of water. It’s a game of guessing famous robots.

I have no idea why artist Daniel Nyari decided to create this poster of famous robots, but I thank him for it. According to his website, “This project highlights specifically those non human, non animal characters from TV, video games, cinema and comics that gave us every reason to feel nostalgic.” He included classic robots, modern robots and non-robot famous robots in this list. Now the only question is, can you name them all? I thought about putting the list in this article, but I decided not to let you off the hook that easy. If you want to see the list, you are going to have to click on the link below. You can buy a print of this on society6 for $18. Okay, this officially concludes our five-minute break. Time to get back to work!

Can You Guess All These Famous Robots?

(Here Are The Answers)

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Spectacular Space Shuttle Flight Decks [10 Photos]

Posted: 26 Sep 2012 10:00 AM PDT

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Every since Neil Armstrong’s untimely death last month, space and everything space-related has been a hot topic on the web. I can’t get enough of it, and I wish it were like this all the time. These photographs I’d like to share with you today are so incredible, I can’t stop staring at them. If you’ve ever wondered what space shuttle flight decks look like up close, now is your chance. You can click each one of the photographs below to super-size it, and you’ll feel like you are right there.

These are part of a photography collection by Ben Cooper called Flight Decks. You will see photos below from the flight decks of all three space shuttles: Endeavour (fully powered), Atlantis and Discovery.

At first glance, they all look like massive video game control centers. No wonder astronauts have to train for so long. Can you imagine being up in space, with nobody else around, and having to know what every single one of those controls does? I have to admit though; the chairs look rather uncomfortable. I know they have to sit in them for a long period of time, so it seems like putting a little cushion on there might be nice. But then again, I’m sure a cozy place to sit is probably not at the top of an astronaut’s list of important things.

If I could take an in-person tour of one of these flight decks, I would choose the Endeavour. There has always been something sentimental about that space shuttle to me, and these pictures truly bring it to life. If you would like to see the entire collection of photographs (there are tons more) or even purchase a print of one of these famous flight decks, you can visit Ben Cooper’s website at Launch Photography.

Famous Space Shuttle Flight Decks

Endeavour, Atlantis and Discovery
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“The housing market within Brisbane” Article for friends and clients of LJ Gilland Real Estate Pty Ltd

“The housing market within Brisbane is considered to be nearing the bottom with no obvious signs of recovery.”
Brisbane property market stuck in a downswing as investors seek unit bargains: WBP Property Group

By Larry Schlesinger
Thursday, 27 September 2012

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There are some signs of a recovery in the Brisbane property market, but it still remains firmly in a downswing , with investors seeking bargains in the unit market as new apartment projects are completed, says WBP Property Group.

WBP places the Brisbane housing and unit market at five o’clock on the property clock.

  • At 12 o’clock the market is at its peak (demand exceeds supply)
  • At 3 o’clock the downswing has set in (an evenly supplied market)
  • By 6 o’clock it has bottomed out (an oversupplied market).
  • At 9 o’clock the market is rebounding (supply tightening)

“The housing market within Brisbane is considered to be nearing the bottom with no obvious signs of recovery,” says WBP.

The valuation and advisory firm says that while recent changes in state government legislation, in particular stamp duty concessions, have improved sales activity and enquiry, Brisbane market conditions will remain as they are until the end of the year.

“Potential buyers and investors are keeping an eye on the effects of the mining boom, which continues to fuel growth, and also public sector job cuts announced by the Newman state government.

WBP says future market factors to watch out for include changes in pricing within the commodities sector and cost cutting within the government.

Looking more closely at the unit market, WBP notes that there are a number of new unit developments in Brisbane that are nearing completion and due to settle.

“Many purchasers who have bought off the plan have seen prices come off from original date of contract. Investors still remain wary as to when the bottom will be and are on the lookout for a bargain buy,” says WBP

“This market trend is due to continue till the end of the year and perhaps into 2013.

“The Queensland government has introduced a $15,000 concession for first-home buyers looking to buy a new property.

“The unit market in the sub $400,000 range still continues to be strong amongst professionals looking for lifestyle, inner-city locations,” it says. End of article.

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Online residential listings rise 1.5% in August to 373,510, led by Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra

By Jonathan Chancellor
Wednesday, 05 September 2012

Vendors appear hopeful of better fortunes this spring selling season with the total number of residential properties listed for sale online rising 1.5% over August to reach 373,510, according to figures from SQM Research.

This contrasts starkly with the same time last year, when listings fell 3.8% from 377,213 in July 2011 to 362,740 in August 2011.

Sydney and Melbourne both recorded “substantial” 5.9% increases in monthly residential properties listed for sale, to reach 31,310 and 51,194 listings respectively.

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SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher described market conditions as a little better than this time last year, "but it doesn’t mean we are going to head into a big property boom”.

"If rates stay on hold, that will be conducive to stimulating the housing market, and we are likely to see continued market recovery, but there are many X-factors at play,” he told news.com.au.

Christopher says rising rents (up 7% annually over the past five years) are good news for investors, but they have been offset by declining house prices.

He expects there will be further seasonal rises in stock levels as the spring selling season enters full swing.

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While residential stock on market in Sydney is just 0.9% higher than a year ago at 31,310, Melbourne has the highest year-on-year increase of all the mainland capital cities, with stock up 14.1% to 51,194 in August.

In August last year there were 44,859 properties listed for sale in Melbourne.

The other notable increase was Canberra, where stock on market increased by 8.8% over the month to 3,758 online listings. This is up 13.6% up on August 2011.

“Canberra’s large monthly increase may well signify a downturn for that market as federal budget spending is cut,” noted SQM research.

Bucking the monthly trend of rising stock levels was Perth, which recorded the largest monthly decline of 1.8% to 18,053. Residential listings were down 10.7% on the same time last year when there 20,207 listings.

Residential stock levels have declined in Perth, Darwin and Brisbane – which all benefit from Australia’s mining boom

Darwin residential listings are down 23.3% over the 12 months to August to 1,282 while Brisbane listings are down 4.7% to 28,666.

“Increasingly the market is segmented. It is becoming difficult to discuss just one national housing market and in my opinion, that will be to base line story for the remainder of 2012,” said Louis Christopher, managing director of SQM Research.

While Hobart stock on market declined by 1.7% over August to 4,388 properties listed for sale, there are 24.1% more properties for sale than a year ago. At this time last year there were 3,536 listed for sale in Hobart.

Have you seen the new video explaining advertising options on realestate.com.au? It could be a great listing tool to use in your presentations?

http://sellingguide.realestate.com.au/video/why-list-online

Also, here is the link to the Selling Guide website specifically set up for our sellers.

http://sellingguide.realestate.com.au/

A first-quarter survey of homebuyers and sellers done by HomeGain.com, a real estate services website, revealed that 76 percent of homeowners believe their home is worth more than the list price recommended by their real estate agent.

Homebuyers usually have a better grasp of current market value in the area where they’re looking to buy than do sellers who own and live there. Buyers look at a lot of new listings. They make offers, know what sells quickly and for how much, and what doesn’t and why. Homebuyers still think sellers are overpricing their homes.

Your home is worth what a buyer will pay for it given current market conditions. This may not be the same as your opinion of what your home will sell for, or what you hope it’s worth. Relying on emotion rather than logic when selecting a list price can lead to disappointing results.

The prime opportunity for selling a home is when it’s new on the market. This is when it is most marketable. Buyers wait for the new listings. Usually, listings receive the most showings and have the busiest open houses during the first couple of weeks they are on the market.

This is the opportunity to show your house off to advantage with a list price that attracts buyers’ attention. Listings that sell today are priced right for the market. Buyers need to feel comfortable that they are getting a good deal.

Buyers won’t overpay if they feel home prices are still declining, and in some areas of the country, they still are. In areas of strong sales, buyers may shy away from multiple-offer situations if they feel the recovery is fragile and that prices may slide further before stabilizing. Even in areas where home sales have been strong in the first half of 2012, local practitioners wonder how long the uptick will last.

HOUSE HUNTING TIP: When selecting a list price, it helps to understand how real estate agents and appraisers establish an expected selling price or price range for your home. They research the recent listing inventory for homes similar to yours that sold. The most recent sales give the best indication of the direction of the market.

They analyze these comparable sales giving more value to your home for attributes that it has that the comparables don’t, like a remodeled kitchen. Value is subtracted from your home for features it lacks when compared to the sold comparables, like an easily accessible, level backyard.

It’s difficult for sellers to step back and take an attitude of detached interest in their home. But it’s essential to do so if you want to sell successfully in this market. For example, your home could actually sell for less, not more, than a comparable sale because you added a swimming pool in an area where most homebuyers would rather have a yard with a generous lawn.

If the comparable sale information suggests that the value of homes like yours is declining, select a list price that undercuts the competition to drive buyers — and hopefully offers — to your home. You can take a more aggressive stance on pricing if the comparables show that prices are moving up.

If there is high demand for homes like yours, you may receive more than one offer. But don’t list too high. It’s better to stay in the range shown by the comparables and expose the house to the market before accepting offers. The market will drive the price up if it’s warranted.

THE CLOSING: Don’t rely on rumors circulating in the neighborhood about how high a home sold. Prices tend to get inflated when passed from one person to another. Select your list price based on hard facts.

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Linda Debello wants to share a pin with you from Pinterest

Hi linda,

Linda Debello wants you to see a pin ‘Buying/Selling a house‘, on Pinterest.

Pinterest is a place to catalog all the things you love. Join and create your own pinboards!

—Ben and the Pinterest team

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26 September, 2012 02:02

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

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How to wash a cat

Subject: How to wash a cat

How to wash a cat
1. Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl…

2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.
3. In one smooth movement put the cat in the toilet and close the lid. You may need to stand on the lid.
4. At this point the cat will self agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this!
5. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a ‘Power-Wash’ and ‘Rinse’.
6. Have someone open the front door of your home. Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door.

7. Stand well back, behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift the lid.

8. The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom, and runoutside where he will dry himself off.
9. Both the toilet and the cat will be sparkling clean.

Yours Sincerely,
The Dog

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Advice from Dr Seuss

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Gail c/ Linda Debello nee G

Light a candle

See it glow

Watch it dance

When you feel low

Think of me

Think of light

I’ll always be here

Day or night

A candle flickers

Out of sight

But in your heart

I still burn bright

Think not of sadness

That I’m not near

Think of gladness

And joyous cheer

I have not left

I am not gone

Im here to stay

My little one

So when you light a candle

And you see it glow

And you watch it dance

In your heart youll know

That I would never leave you

Even when you

Feel so blue

I’m sitting up here with the Lord

And now watching over you

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