Creating a Request for Proposal

The process of hiring the best structured cabling contractor for the job will usually involve issuing what is known as a Request for Proposal or RFP. RFP’s are simply documents that let potential bidders know exactly what you want and provide them with the chance to convince you that they are the best choice for the job. As a bonus, RFPs also help you to organize your thoughts in terms of what type of voice and data applications you want included in the cabling system.

All sorts of information can be included in an RFP. An overview of the project itself is a good idea, since bidders will want to know if the system is intended for a hospital versus an office building or school. Breaking the document down into sections with specific questions related to each communication application you need in the network will also be helpful. Make it clear you want the proposal to follow the same general format of the RFP. Doing so will make it much easier to compare each of the proposals point by point and identify who is providing answers with solid information.

A crucial element of the RFP is a breakdown of the costs associated with designing and installing the structured cabling system. Ideally, you want quotes and estimates for each of the components necessary to build the right type of system. Data cabling contractors are used to providing this type of detail, so don’t hesitate to ask for the breakdown to be included in the proposal. Keep in mind those estimates and quotes can be included as an attachment to the main proposal, or you can opt to have the costs associated with each section, with the total cost included as a final section in the document.

Due Dates

Always include a due date with every RFP you send to project bidders. Make it clear that any proposals received after the due date will not be considered – no exceptions. This will make it much easier for you to settle down with all the structured cabling bids at one time, go through all of them in a logical and orderly manner, and determine which proposal reflects the best combination of price and expertise.

Keep in mind that once you’ve gone through all the voice and data cabling bids and made your selection, notify your first choice and make plans to enter into a formal contract. At the same time, notify the other contractors who submitted proposals of your decision and thank them for their submissions. This will help to maintain good will and increase the chances that they will be willing to work with you if your first choice doesn’t work out for some reason.

Most people get Real Estate wrong for two simple reasons.:

1. They don’t understand the difference between an asset and a liability
2. They don’t understand the difference between investing and speculating

The broke majority live under the misguided belief that their family home is an asset. An asset by definition is Something valuable that an entity owns, benefits from or has use of, in generating income. The key is the words generating income. By that definition your home is not an asset, it is a liability. It does not generate income, it costs you money.

The broke majority will borrow as much as they possibly can, to buy the most expensive home they can afford, in the mistaken belief that this is a good investment. In fact they are are burdening themselves with the worst kind of debt. Long term, expensive, non-deductible debt that produces no income in return. The same kind of debt that lead to the housing collapse in the USA.

Successful investors understand this crucial point. Your home is not an investment.

The Business Dictionary defines an investment as Money committed or property acquired for future income. Now some will argue that an investment doesn’t have to produce an income and cite as an example gold bullion, collectibles or share futures contracts. By definition, none of these are investments, they are items of speculation. They can go up in value or, just as easily, go down. You are speculating on the future trade-able value, not investing in the inherent value of the income an asset represents. Tens of thousands of homeowners around the world discovered in 2009 that home values can fall and can fall dramatically and disastrously.

If you buy a house to live in with no income return expected from it, but in the hope it will increase in value, you are speculating not Investing.

If you buy a house to rent out, you are investing. The Australian government has long recognised the difference and that is why they allow you to claim the expenses relating to a rental property, including interest payments, as a tax deduction but do not allow any deductions for expenses incurred in buying a house to live in. In other words, the government is willing to share the risk of investing in income generating real estate because the risks are lower than tying up your money in your home.

Smart investors have a small or no mortgage on their own home and the majority of their borrowings are for rental property because that is the lowest risk strategy. They also get the best advice they can on quickly reducing the mortgage on their home.

Venetian blinds not only look great, but they help to control the light and ambiance of a room as well. In fact, no other kind of window blinds can compare with their ability to either let in light or block it out. For example, curtains can be blown around during windy weather which creates plenty of moments where light is unwelcomed but let in anyway. These types of blinds can be used in any room from the kitchen and bathroom, to the bedroom and family room.

Youll find them in a number of different colours, and some even have their own slightly unique style compared to others on the market. The way venetian blinds work to help control the light in each room is by manually turning the blinds to a particular spot that helps direct the sun light where you want it to go. For instance if you want to keep the light totally out of the room you will want to direct the blinds all the way upward so that the light simply rests on the blinds or on the wall above the blinds.

During the morning its always nice to direct the blinds slightly down so that the sunshine can be enjoyed without it blaring in and creating squinty eyes during breakfast. You will find that slightly changing the position of your blinds can create an entirely different kind of lighting in the room. Its kind of like owning one of those dimmer lights that adjust to your preference.

When choosing your venetian blinds you will want to keep a few things in mind. The first is the colour. Blinds come in a variety of colours and tints such as light and dark woods, white, and even black. The colour you choose can impact the affects of your lighting so keep that in mind before choosing what option is going to be best for your home overall.

Size is another consideration as there is nothing worse than ending up with blinds that barely fit your windows. This creates room for light to shine through the sides of the blinds which can get pretty frustrating once in awhile. If anything, make sure the blinds are slightly bigger than your windows to make sure that you get maximum coverage.

Another thing that should be thought about is quality. While youll find lots of great deals out there, they arent really deals at all if the blinds fall apart in a matter of a few short months. If you shop in person test the blinds out yourself to see how they perform for you. If you are shopping online consider reading consumer reviews in order to make sure you know what to expect when investing in a specific set of venetian blinds. This can help you to avoid some costly mistakes.

Title: Architecture meets Industrial Design

Text & Photography: Foster + Partners

Blurring the lines between architecture, interior design and industrial design, F+P once again prove that design is seamless and universal

Foster+Partners has proved its design prowess beyond the building industry and carries it forward to designing the interiors and furnishings for a commercial aircraft, drawing on its previous commissions for yachts and private jets.

Following the successful refurbishment of The Wing, Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge at Hong Kong International Airport, the practice has carried the lounge’s sophisticated design into the first class cabin of the Boeing 777-300ER fleet refreshing the award-winning cabin.

The Wing, which opened earlier this year,is the second in a series of lounges by Foster + Partners for Cathay Pacific at HongKong International Airport. Every detail of the interiors,from the Champagne Bar to the bathroom fittings in the luxurious first class -cabanas’, has been custom-designed by the practice to create an exceptional experience for guests.

Besides the plush interiors, the lounges are furnished with a number of unique pieces designed by Foster + Partners, including a marble reception desk,food counter and a free-standing champagne bar with integrated trays – down to the detail of porcelain plates. Alongside the bespoke products and one-off furniture pieces, The Wing also features the Ilium cylindrical table light, developed with Nemo and the Foster 503 armchair by Walter Knoll.The highlight is the Cathay Solus Chair, the airline’s signature developed with Poltrona Frau that responds to the desire for privacy in the midst of a busy public space with its hourglass form and multi-utility constitution: the circular form incorporates a wide,comfortable seat, an integrated a power supply and a table, which can be used as an informal desk. The ribs of cushion at the back of the chair extend in places to form ridges, which can be used as armrests.

Creating a seamless experience for passengers, the cabin’s design shares the lounge’s palette of warm white leather,reflective dark grey surfaces and walnut finishes to create a calm, understated interior. Every element is considered and refined, including the stitch of the bespoke covers for Cathay Pacific’s celebrated first class seat, the handmade woollen carpet, the refurbished bathrooms and the new reading light, which has been custom-designed to cast fewer shadows when working or dining.

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Although there are a variety of home tutoring options available to students, one of the most popular today is that of home tuition. For, while there are a great many students in need of such special learning, there are also many teachers and other individuals in need of extra income. As such, while one can often choose to attend such tutoring at an agency, center or in the home, most often both teachers and students prefer home tutoring.

For, when one does not have to travel outside the home, one can spend more time studying the topic or topics with which one may be having the most difficulty. In addition, while teachers often enjoy time in the classroom, many find it refreshing to have the ability to work with students one-on-one, which is much easier to do without interruption in the home than at a public location. Of course, while such home tutoring may be convenient, it is not always cheap.

In fact, regardless of the age of the individual receiving such tutoring, often one feels more comfortable and safer at home than traveling to a center. As such, many individuals in need of such help are now turning to such in-home tutoring. Of course, as online tuition becomes more popular, both center and in-home tutoring may be quickly replaced by more automated teaching.

So, while such home tutoring may have seen a decline since online tutoring has become available, often many students still need one-on-one interaction with an individual to grasp the concept of a number of subjects. As such, depending on the amount of help one needs with any given subject, one may want to consider both in-home and online tutoring as an option. For, when one can use as many resources and tools as one has available, the more likely one is going to be able to grasp such concepts.

Still, whether one desires to receive such tutoring at home, or at an agency, one can often learn a great deal when experiencing such one-on-one assistance from a tutor. As such, tutors have become quite popular whether working in such an agency or at a client location. For, regardless, the main objective is that the individual pay for, and in need of such training, receive the help one needs.

Therefore, while one may continue to see a rise in home tuition needs, more and more individuals may seek out such help online. As such, home tutors and teachers may have a harder time in the future when it comes to making extra money than one has at present. Of course, even if teachers work in agencies and centers which can then offer access to such online tutoring, one can still most likely make more through such extra work than one can make in a year as a teacher.

All of us have known the beauty that can be created by the use of paper lanterns. However, very few of us have any idea about the numerous usage and effects of using paper lanterns. Chinese have been using paper lanterns from thousands of years and according to them it plays a significant role in feng shui.

Paper lanterns help in increasing fertility:
Millions of women throughout the world face difficulty in getting pregnant. This can be a devastating experience if the wait is really long. Many people do not believe solely on doctors to help them fight the problem with their fertility. Feng shui is believed to help in improving fertility by using red paper lanterns. According to the theory of feng shui, red paper lanterns if hanged on both side of bed can help in getting pregnancy. Many feng shui experts even suggest using a red paper lantern directly over the bed.

Paper lanterns help in bringing positive energy in house
Feng shui is well known as an art that brings positive energy in peoples life. Paper lanterns are believed to play a significant role in bringing a positive energy and harmonica effect in your bedroom and house. Keeping paper lanterns on both or either side of bed is helpful in bringing positive Yang energy into the bedroom and improves the already present chi energy. Bright colored paper lanterns are more effective for harnessing Yang energy.

Paper lanterns help in bringing harmony to marriage
Feng shui uses the energy of polarity and according to it using a pair of same object is very effective. Using a pair of red paper lanterns on sides of bed, both lit simultaneously signify a long and happy marriage. However, for the effect to be more it is important to lit and switch off both the lanterns at the same time so that they work in harmony. This harmony is symbol of marriage and signifies the harmony between husband and wife.
Paper lanterns are very important part of feng shui process. Those who believe in feng shui will definitely know that paper lanterns are not just decorative but a source of positive energy.

Corporate Serviced Apartments in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is one of the most spectacular cities in Europe attracting visitors from all parts of the world. It is renowned for its interesting history, impressive architectural monuments, amazing canals and bridges. There are few cars and more bicycles; and the peaceful environment makes it a perfect and delightful holiday location. Organizations regularly transfer or deploy employees to chosen destinations as per their business needs. Such migrants also come to Amsterdam for a project of several weeks or months; while some are relocated for several years. In both cases, they can either reside in an Amsterdam hotel or stay in corporate serviced apartments in Amsterdam.
Corporate housing in Amsterdam

Corporate housing is a furnished apartment, rented on a temporary basis for short or long durations; to individuals or corporations as an economical alternative to a conventional hotel. The corporate housing segment of the real estate industry has grown tremendously in past few years due to this need for interim housing. Expatriates require temporary housing for short stay or longer periods when they move into a new city. Corporate housing in Amsterdam provides a cost effective solution regarding this demand for temporary accommodation; during short assignment, extended business trips and while awaiting permanent residence.
Apart-hotels in Amsterdam

When you are travelling for business aims or just for pure pleasure, deciding where to stay is vital; and can really make a big difference to your visit. A serviced apartment is the right option during your visit to a new city; maybe for a day, few weeks, several months or even longer.

Serviced apartments, also known as apart-hotels are best suited for temporary, relocation and corporate housing needs. Apart-hotels in Amsterdam offer significant financial savings, additional space, privacy, luxury and convenience of a home; as compared to equivalent traditional hotels.

World Fashion Apartments is a leading corporate serviced apartment provider in Amsterdam. We offer a fashionable range of fully equipped, furnished apartments in Amsterdam; located in prime areas of the city, near the central business district and leisure zones; for corporate executives with superb amenities and professional service. Our serviced apartments are well-designed to match your specific needs based on the length of stay and size of accommodation. We provide high quality, customized solutions that include flexibility, commitment and support to suit your corporate expectations. Avoid costly hotel bills and room service charges; by selecting our elegant serviced apartments that ensure remarkable cost savings, hassle-free business accommodation and peace of mind.

Feng Shui Tips for Attracting Positive Energy With Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls

Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art of arranging interiors, is an effective way to direct energy and used in combination with quartz crystal singing bowls, will help you attract positive energy and good fortune into your life. The five elements of feng shui are a key factor in properly arranging your space to achieve the best results, and quartz singing crystal bowls can be used effectively with this method.

The Five Elements

Proper balance and placement of the five elements of feng shui (wood, fire, metal, earth, and water) is crucial to the proper flow of positive chi in your space. Quartz crystal singing bowls contain three of these elements – metal, earth and water, and they can be placed in several strategic places to enhance specific qualities.

The metal element is associated with both wealth and protection, and can be used to attract more money as well as guarding your space from negative influences. Place a bowl in the West, Northwest and North areas of your space to enhance these energies.
Water is another one of the major elements and governs our life-force, well-being, serenity, and our abilities to release and let go. It also has a direct influence on the flow of money. Place a bowl in the North, East and Southeast areas if you want to emphasize its water effects.
The Earth element represents stability, security and permanence, and with its nurturing qualities, it also supports deep, lasting relationships. Place
a crystal bowl in the Southwest, Northeast, West, Northwest and Center of your space for best enhancement of earth energies.
Other Beneficial Effects

With the quality of being tuned to specific notes, the tones themselves of crystal singing bowls can be used in creative ways to enhance your chi. For example, place a bowl tuned to the note of F (for the heart chakra) in the relationship area of your space to promote positive, loving interactions with other people. The material of crystal itself is also healing on its own, as crystal has strong clearing properties as well as positive energy. The light, color, and beauty of a crystal singing bowl will lift the energy of any area no matter where it is placed. Quartz crystal singing bowls are an effective tool for energy balancing, and users in combination with feng shui, will be sure to have a powerful effect on your life.

There are a lot of good things about being a game developer in the Philippines. As the multi-billion dollar mobile game development industry gets even bigger, more game development jobs become available in the country. These opportunities make it possible for game enthusiasts to work in a field they love and earn a living with a career that makes them happy. A career in mobile game development is more than an excuse to play games all day, there are many rewards that come in this industry. Using your creative and analytical skills – Game development jobs require both your creative and analytical skills. Some jobs like artists and sound engineers may have a highly-creative focus, while programmer jobs are very analytical. Game design and mobile app marketing uses both creative and analytical skills. You can always challenge and allow your skills to grow in mobile game development. Work in a lively and casual environment – If working in a cold and formal office is your idea of a nightmare, the environment of game development will be a sweet dream. It is so different from other industries. Employees are allowed to be as creative as they can be. There are no strict dress code and the working hours are flexible to maximize the employee’s efficiency. The best part is being surrounded with people that are passionate and driven about what they do. Having a steady career in a dynamic industry – The game development industry is always changing and it changes fast. With all the new innovations, it will be hard to find a dull moment. But the changes also bring new opportunities to learn so you can improve and expand your skills. But even with all these changes, the game development industry is well-established, so you do not have to worry about your job. Seeing people have fun with your creation – Making other people happy is one of the best feelings in the world. In mobile game development, you have a chance to do that in every game you create.

It is very fortunate that Filipino game aficionados can be a game developer in the Philippines and they no longer have to go overseas to realize their dream of making games. FunGuy Studio is an android and iphone app development company that makes it possible. They have their game studio based in Manila where they perform the whole range of game development jobs – from game conceptualization to mobile app marketing.

There are a lot of wonderful things about game development jobs beside impressing kids. It is a fun career that satisfies one’s need for creative outlet, growth and security. It also gives you an opportunity to turn your passion into a career.

Some people keep asking themselves whether it is actually possible to build your own photo room divider. The answer to that would be “yes”. In fact, doing so will help you save a lot of money, and who doesn’t like the idea of that, right?

One thing you will need is a frame for the room divider. You can make use of your old ones or you can try building it yourself. The frame, of course, is necessary only if you are planning to make a standing photo room divider. The next thing you ought to get is some corkboard, roughly in the same dimensions as you want your folding room divider to be. Of course, you will also need some glue and some map pins.

What you need to do to make a photo room divider is to attach the corkboard to the frame. After that, you are actually pretty much done. The great thing about this homemade photo room divider is the fact that it offers a lot more in terms of customizability.

Unlike other types of photo room dividers which require you to place your photographs inside specific pockets, this homemade photo room divider actually allows you to pin your photographs anywhere along the main body of the board.

When you design your homemade photo room divider, you can do so using various cutouts or printouts. You might want to make sure that the photo room divider is decorated with a specific design in mind. Otherwise, things are just bound to get chaotic.

A great idea you can use would be creating a mosaic on the photo room divider. This will give you both the freedom to truly express yourself and the organization which will help you make sure that your self-expression is done in a context which other people may be able to appreciate.

As you can see it is actually quite easy to make your own photo room divider. However, some people may not have the skills or the resources needed to complete this little project. In cases like this, you might just have to settle for buying your photo room divider commercially. It might not be as fun, but it’s better than nothing.