Don't Let the Thought of Endless Debt Hold You Back from Going to College

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Posted on 16th February 2017 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing

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Don’t Let the Thought of Endless Debt Hold You Back from Going to College

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Many people nowadays don’t attend college for one reason: they don’t want thousands of dollars of debt upon graduation. While college debt is still considered “good debt” because of the opportunities that await after walking across the stage and getting a diploma, many people are still hesitant at going back to college for fear of a lifetime of debt. While in some cases accruing debt during college is unavoidable, there are also many ways to get through college and graduate without owing a cent to the school or the government. If the only thing holding you back from going to college and getting that networking degree is the fear of being in debt when you graduate, check out these ways that you can get through college without accruing massive amounts of debt that may take you years to pay off.

Work, Work, Work

One of the reasons that many people accrue lots of debt during college is because they fail to have a job. Many people simply accept thousands of dollars of student loans and live off them throughout the time they spend in college. This is fine if you are prepared to pay all that money back plus interest when you graduate, but for many it’s not a great option. Having a job (or even multiple jobs) while you’re in college will be tough at first, but once you get into the rhythm of things it will be a piece of cake. Work one job during the school year and pick up an extra job during the summer, and save as much money as you can for when school starts. If you make sacrifices during college, it will pay off in more ways than one; you won’t have piles of debt when you graduate and you’ll have a strong work ethic once you do graduate.

Scholarships

Apply for every single scholarship you can. Applying for scholarships can be tiring and time consuming, especially since many scholarships require personal statements and essays. But the more scholarships you apply for, the more you’ll get; it’s essentially the law of averages. Meet with a counselor to see what scholarships are specific to your major or demographic, as there will likely be some. Your counselor can help you determine the best way to apply for scholarships, and help you make your application stand out. Spend the entire summer before fall term applying for scholarships, and shoot to apply for one each day. You’ll receive lots of denials, but the more you apply for, the better chance you have at getting a scholarship.

 What It Is You Want to Study

Often times, going to college can be much more expensive for people who aren’t sure of what it is that they want to major in. That’s because if you set on a major and start taking classes in it, those classes will essentially be useless towards earning your degree when you switch majors. Many people switch majors once in college, so spend your first few years taking your general education requirements so you can be certain of your major once you become an upperclassman. You’ll be throwing dollars away every time you switch your major as an upperclassman, so be certain that what you’re studying is what you want to major in.

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Understanding the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

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Posted on 15th February 2017 by Jeff Rogers in Blogging |Marketing

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With so many people looking for work or rethinking their current career path the job market has gotten much more competitive. In many jobs that are being made available the level of talent is far more qualified than what we were seeing 5-7 years ago. There are career paths that are facing a shortage and in order to be in the right position you need to look understand what options are available. That is why I wanted to do a quick discussion on the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship. They are currently taking applications from those that are fresh out of college or looking to make a career change. The area of interest is STEM ( Science, technology, engineering, and math) serving in rural or high-need secondary urban schools. This particular teach grant is available to those in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. The qualified recipients will receive cutting edge education and advanced degree to teach in these areas. You will receive a $30,000 stipend with the understanding that you will teach at least a minimum of three years in an under served area.

The recipients will receive paid preparation, ongoing support from the University they attend, and mentors to help in their ongoing career. This specialized training will prepare you to teach higher level math and science while helping to rewrite and improve upon current curricula. This new model is innovative and can help raise the standard for other teaching certificates to better prepare our students to be more competitive in their continuing education and eventually the work force. There are certain requirements for submitting your application along with final interviews for the top 20-30 finalists. If you are looking to make a career change and have the passion to teach and change lives then the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship may be the right move for you.

Pick your blog hosting wisely and save money

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Posted on 15th February 2017 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing |Technology

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If you are like millions of bloggers on the net you probably have your blog on either a free service or have your own domain on a web site hosting account. Either which way you want to make sure that your provider can support you and your customers and minimize any downtime. If you are with a unreliable host and your site is constantly unavailable it will cost you more than customers. There are many things that you can look for when deciding on a hosting account some of which include customer testimonials, industry awards, and live support. While you are on their site call their 1-800 number and see who picks up and what the wait time is. This can be a huge factor when you are starting your account and need some help. You can search the web hosting review section at Hostingposting.com to receive insight into what actual customers are saying.

We have  moved several of our blogs over to a new blog hosting company called Blue Host to help accommodate the growing traffic that we have been receiving and so far the results have been impressive. There are some great reviews and comparisons at webhostinggeeks.com where you can see how various companies stack up against each other depending on your needs. You can find hosting coupons for companies like Blue Host and others where you can save over a hundred dollars per year. This is a great deal if you have multiple blogs to help you save money and use that money to invest in social marketing and organic growth for your site.

Fishing at one of Canadas premiere BC Resorts

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Posted on 15th February 2017 by Jeff Rogers in Blogging |Marketing

One of the most therapeutic outdoor activities that you can do is fly fishing along a stream with mountains as the backdrop.  There was even a movie that was filmed that centered around the bonding and family traditions of fly fishing. Now imagine taking this adventure at one of Canada’s premiere BC resorts where you can fish in some of the best salmon waters in the world. After your day out along BC Inside Passage, you come back to spend a few hours in the Current Spa relaxing and getting ready for your fine dining experience that evening. Voted the #1 luxury resort in Canada and offering an all inclusive package you are sure to create one of the best fishing trips you have taken.

Hybrids get a lift

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Posted on 15th February 2017 by Jeff Rogers in Technology

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If you are looking to repair one of the newer cars and looking for parts like a Ignition Coil then check out BuyAutoParts.com. As the technology advances and fuel costs remain concern for many Americans and those globally the need to make these cars more affordable and comfortable will become a priority.

There is even a new Porsche Cheyenne Hybrid model that is out for all those with some extra cash and looking to do something good for the environment. As hybrids become more of a mainstream vehicle you will see advancements in battery cell life that is part of the energy savings feature with the incorporation of different types of fuel sources. If you are unsure of what to get that person on your Christmas list that has just invested in a new hybrid vehicle then you may want to consider a gift card from companies like buyautoparts.com where they offer a great selection of parts for your vehicle.

Global Templating revisted

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Posted on 15th February 2017 by Jeff Rogers in Mojavi Project

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Global Templating – The Decorator Pattern

* Enter Decorator
* Insert Here: Slots
* Let’s Decorate!
o Creating a Global Template
o Putting the ornaments up

Ever since Mojavi 3 was released earlier this year, people have been looking to create a flexible global templating solution. From using post filters and various drivers and page controllers, people have been looking for a way to create simple and manageable global templates that will allow for a great deal of flexibility without compromising the need for larges amount of duplicated code.
Enter Decorator

The Decorator design pattern, like every other pattern, is nothing more than a way to talk about a resuable concept, or pattern, that a programmer might encounter while coding applications. The Decorator pattern’s strength is it’s ability to serve as a wrapper for that particular object, while leaving objects like it in tact.

The Decorator pattern has been implemented in the View class, providing a number of new methods:

public function setSlot ($attributeName, $moduleName, $actionName)
public function setDecoratorDirectory ($directory)
public function isDecorator ()
protected function & getSlots ()
public function getDecoratorTemplate ()
public function getDecoratorDirectory ()
protected function & decorate (&$content)

Now a brief explanation of what each of these do:

* setSlot – Creates a slot entry based upon the results of a specially controlled controller->forward()
* setDecoratorTemplate – Sets the template that you’re going to use for your decorator. This method also automatically turns the decorator switch to true
* isDecorator – returns true is setDecoratorTemplate has been called, otherwise false.
* getSlots – Returns an array of the slots.
* getDecoratorTemplate – Returns the decorator template.
* getDecoratorDirectory – Returns the decorator directory.
* decorate – A method that must be implemented in derivate Views.

Note: these functions are in View, so all derivates of View (ie PHPView) have access.
Insert Here: Slots

Slots is a new name for an old concept. More or less, slots serve as placeholders that can be populated by the results of a $controller->foward($mod, $act) call. And, as you can see, the setSlot method takes three parameters:

public function setSlot ($attributeName, $moduleName, $actionName)

The first parameter, $attributeName, serves as the name of the slot. The next two parameters will be used to get the results of that Action, put it in a buffer, and place it into the internal $slots memeber variable.
Let’s Decorate!

The usage pattern of Views changes little with the implementation of the decorator pattern at the module level (though secondary View authors, ie SmartyView et al, do have a few things to play with).

Now let’s look at what you’re going to need to do implement the new, and NEW decorator features of Mojavi. Also a special note to make sure that your graphics ati drivers are up to date so that you are able to test and view the configurations with the latest version of PHP 4.0
Creating a Global Template

First off, we’re going to need a great big christma..ehh..template to decorate. While I won’t get into breaking down and factoring our global template, keep in mind that this is not the only way to do this.

Example 2: The Christmas Tree (myGlobalTemplate.php)

Side note: Sometimes you’ll have issues with that <?xml [….] ?> declaration, an easy
workaround is to disable short tags in your php.ini file, or to use ini_set() to disable
it.

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”iso-8859-1″?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.1//EN” “http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml11/DTD/xhtml11.dtd”>
<html xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml” xml:lang=”en-us”>

<head>

<title><?php echo $template[‘title’]; ?></title>

<meta http-equiv=”Content-Type” content=”application/xhtml+xml; charset=utf-8″/>
<style type=”text/css” media=”all”>

<!–Css slot–>
<?php echo $template[‘css’]; ?>

</style>

</head>

<body>

<!–menu slot–>
<div id=”menu”>

<?php echo $template[‘menu’]; ?>

</div>

<!–main content slot–>
<div id=”main”>

<?php echo $template[‘content’]; ?>

</div>

</body>
</html>

Putting the ornaments up

So now that we have our decorator template, we need to decorate it. The decorating process is fairly simple, and consists of the following simple steps:

* Setting the decorator directory using setDecoratorDirectory() (Optional)
* Setting the decorator template using setDecoratorTemplate()
* Setting slots setSlot()

For example,

Example 3: In the View (IndexSuccessView.class.php)

class IndexSuccessView extends PHPView
{

public function execute ()
{

// set our template
$this->setTemplate(’IndexSuccess.php’);

//setup our decorator template
$this->setDecoratorDirectory(MO_TEMPLATE_DIR);
$this->setDecoratorTemplate(’myGlobalTemplate.php’);

//setup our slots
//(SlotName, Module, Action)
$this->setSlot(’menu’, ‘Content’, ‘PopulateMenu’);
$this->setSlot(’css’, ‘Content’, ‘PopulateCss’);

// set the title
$this->setAttribute(’title’, ‘Default Action’);

}

}

Now you might be wondering where the content slot is being populated. Well, content is a reserved slot that is automatically populated with the output of the originally requested Action/View pair. If you have any issues please report them and check your intel drivers and other settings to make sure your server is running all the latest patches.

To be Continued….

Mojavi 3 Part 2

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Posted on 14th February 2017 by Jeff Rogers in Mojavi Project

This is a list of the methods you can use in an Action and an explanation of what they do
execute ()

Note: This method is required in your Action class. Also there are File Extension SVG which stand for scalable vector graphics

This will execute any application/business logic for the action. This method is reached only after the request methods have been checked and any of the parameters have been validated.

When leaving, the execute() method should tell the controller what view is to be used. This is done by returning a string containing the view name associated with the action or an array of the parent module for the view to be executed, parent action for the view and the name of the view. I will show an example of return both in a later tutorial.
getCredential ()

This is a new feature in Mojavi 3. Basically, a credentials are a privilege array that describes any level of security. They work hand in hand with the security aspects of the User class. For Mojavi 2 users, note that this replaces the old Privileges. But it is also important to know that it can do more than just handle privileges. I will handle the usage of creditials in a later section. For now, it is sufficient to know that we set the creditial requirements for the action inside this method and that it is set to NULL by default.
getDefaultView ()

This is the view that will be executed when a given request is not served by the action. This could happen when a form being displayed for the first time or if we are displaying a static page. Be sure to reset any variable in the graphic engine and search out the File Extension SVG portions by using a simple search.

Again, just as with the execute() methoad, a string with a view name or an array of a module/action/view is passed back to the controller. By default it will pass back View::INPUT
getRequestMethods ()

You can also return a view from another module. You do this by passing an array with the view information instead of the standard View::INPUT. When you use this you create a two element array. The first element is the module name. The second element is which view you want. It cannot be just the Action name, but the file extension Action name with the specific view.

Here’s an example:

class MyClass extends Action
{

function execute()
{

$returnView[0] = MyModule;
$returnView[1] = DoSomethingInput;
-or-
$returnView[1] = DoSomethingError;
-not-
$returnView[1] = DoSomething;

return $returnView
}
}

View

I’ll add more to this later, describing the View class.

Sonora is one of the top BC resorts that you should visit

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Posted on 14th February 2017 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing

Whether your idea of a great getaway is fly fishing, whale watching, or simply relaxing near the ocean then Sonora one of BC resorts top destination may be for you. Located in Western Canada about an hour flight north of Vancouver you will find a full service spa that features a hot mineral pool. Once your daytime activities you can wine and dine in their restaurant that overlooks the Pacific Ocean while their chef prepare one of several Pacific Northwest top cuisines. If you love to fish then you can tap into the fly fishing expert located on the property where you can charter a boat to take you to some of the best fishing in the Pacific Ocean. This part of the world is amazing and you will be hard pressed not to come back because there are so many different types of activities to do.

Found it!

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Posted on 14th February 2017 by Jeff Rogers in Technology

Guest post of the week by Deangelo Spencer

I have really been hurting for home Internet and satellite ever since I moved to this new place, so last week I did some research on Clear Bundle systems and found a bundle package that has everything I need for my home. Since I work from home, I often keep the TV on in the background, so it’s important to me to have a lot of channels to choose from while I’m working. The TV noise definitely makes it seem less lonely around my house! I really feel like the characters on the TV are my coworkers, even though I know that’s silly, but either way, it keeps me from going crazy here by myself all day long. I had toyed with the idea of not getting cable or Internet at home, but in retrospect there’s just no way I can not be connected to the outside world, even if it would save me a little bit of money in the long run. Thankfully, there are some good deals out there and cable won’t bleed me dry.

Managing your business on the go

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Posted on 14th February 2017 by Jeff Rogers in Technology

In order for businesses to compete in today’s fast paced world you need to be accessible at any point during the day. With the 24 hour access that customers want through websites, blogs, and social networking sites a company has to plan for these ways to interact with their customers. Your Business Phone Service should be able to accommodate your employees and customers the same way by allowing them to work and engage you from anywhere necessary. With solutions from Easy Office Phone you can now reduce your overall telecommunication costs while giving your employees and customers access 24/7. Imagine being able to conference with your team at the same time no matter where they are in the country through one simple solution. Using your smartphone to answer your business line even when you are away from the office. You can give your teams and your company a national presence to make your customers feel closer your company.

With simple solutions that can allow you to use your existing telephone equipment or simply using your PC you can have a number that interact no matter what medium you are using. Your sales people can have their extension ring out to their cell phone even if they are thousands of miles away while giving a local presence. Small to medium sized businesses can benefit from this solution while cutting their overall costs and helping to improve their customer interaction.

Visit one of the top BC resorts

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Posted on 14th February 2017 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing

British Columbia is home to some of the best fishing and skiing in the world. Whistler Mountain and Vancouver, BC hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics and the world got to see the beauty of Canada. For those looking to vacation in the area you can visit one of the top BC resorts at Sonora. Located on the Inside pasage of the Pacific Ocean. You can take a helicopter to view glaciers one day, and then go fly fishing for salmon the other day. At the end of each day you can relax at their luxury spa and enjoy a full body wrap or soak in a hot mineral pool. No matter what you are looking for you are sure to find the perfect balance of nature and luxury in this all-inclusive resort.

Relax at Sonora Spa resorts BC

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Posted on 13th February 2017 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing

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Imagine waking up with views of the Pacific ocean then getting ready to head out on fishing adventure for salmon to then return to a hot mineral pool to soak before heading off to a find dining experience. All of these adventures and pampering located at the Sonora Spa resorts BC. Situated about an hour north via plane from Vancouver, BC you will have access to trails, water rafting, world class fishing, and some of the best food in Canada. At Sonora resort and spa they pride themselves on pampering their guests and with the amenities like full body wraps, full indoor tennis courts, and an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean you are sure to find something that will take your mind off the daily grind. Whether you are celebrating an anniversary or just looking to get away there is so much to do you are sure to make a return visit.