New homes in Phoenix by Ashton Woods

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Posted on 11th December 2012 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing

Across America various real estate markets are starting to show signs of turning around for overall home value. It is a good sign to home builders like Ashton Woods creating new communities like Phoenix, Austin, and Orlando.They now have energy efficient homes Homes for sale in Phoenix that offer a wide range of features and looks that will appeal to a large base of home buyers. With their focus on offering energy efficient homes that can save most home owners up to 47% off their utilities this can be a huge advantage. I had a chance to check out of their planned communities Laurel Ridge where they offer two story homes with three car garages and great features like vaulted ceilings. Phoenix is a great area to live and offers a lot to do outdoors and year round climate that is sought out by those looking to escape the colder areas.

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


Posted on 11th December 2012 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.


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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Fans paying a lot for pizza


Posted on 11th December 2012 by Jeff Rogers in Blogging


I like pizza as much as the next guy but there does come a time when enough is enough. This is what Dallas Cowboy fans can expect when they try to order a pizza this upcoming season. The NFL season is just starting, but the people selling pizzas at the new Cowboy Stadium should be happy (if they get any takers). Even the Nascar fans have their limits on what they will pay for food even if their favorite driver is wearing a decal for that company on their uniform. They will be charging $90 for a pizza to the fans, companies, or organizations that rent out those nice luxury boxes. It’s still not clear what the extra toppings will cost and the $90 will get you a rounded piece of dough with some cheese on it. These high prices don’t stop with the pizza either and beer drinkers may want to drink sodas on football Sundays. A 12 pack of domestic beer will cost patrons about $66 at the new Dallas Cowboys football stadium. Most NFL fans will want to save their money and grab a team jersey. If you’re doing the math at home; then you and a buddy can get a pizza and 6 beers each for about $160! Prices like this should have a lot of Cowboy fans eating before the game and no one should pay $90 for a pizza.

A good seafood restaurant with salad bar and all the beverages you can drink will generally cost under $75 in most parts of the country (this includes Dallas too). Even the Dallas Stars the local NHL team has their limits on what they are charging their fans for tickets and food. Perhaps someone should have told the Dallas Cowboys fans that the new stadium will cost more than a day at Disney theme park and only last you about 4 hours. You could imagine the cost of disneyland tickets if they were to add a billion dollar addition to the park. There are fans that think Tony Romo is not a quarterback that can lead a team into the playoffs alone and his biggest weapon Terrell Owens now calls the Buffalo Bills home. The Cowboys started the year off with two straight losses and they want $90 for a pizza; may reflect how some people tied to the organization has no clue about the current economy or the residents of Dallas. I’m sure a few people could afford these $90 pizzas, but hopefully they will not give-in to these outrageous prices at the new Dallas Cowboy’s sports stadium this year. Texas is famous for their barbeque restaurants which I am sure is available within the stadium, but why they are creating premium priced pizzas is beyond me.  If I make any road trips for an NFL game this year, I may just want to see the Buffalo Bills play at home, where I can get $10 Buffalo Wings and get to see a better team too!

Understanding the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

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Posted on 10th December 2012 by Jeff Rogers in Blogging |Marketing


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


Posted on 10th December 2012 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 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 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


Posted on 9th December 2012 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


Posted on 9th December 2012 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 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 where they offer a great selection of parts for your vehicle.

Global Templating revisted


Posted on 8th December 2012 by Jeff Rogers in Mojavi Project


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

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”iso-8859-1″?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.1//EN” “”>
<html xmlns=”” xml:lang=”en-us”>


<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’]; ?>




<!–menu slot–>
<div id=”menu”>

<?php echo $template[‘menu’]; ?>


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

<?php echo $template[‘content’]; ?>



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

//setup our decorator template

//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


Posted on 8th December 2012 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;
$returnView[1] = DoSomethingError;
$returnView[1] = DoSomething;

return $returnView


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 7th December 2012 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!


Posted on 7th December 2012 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


Posted on 6th December 2012 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


Posted on 6th December 2012 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


Posted on 5th December 2012 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing


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.

Vacation at Spa resorts BC


Posted on 5th December 2012 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing

If you have some vacation time that you are looking to take before the end of summer then I would look at Sonora Spa resorts BC. Located in the beautiful British Columbia province you will have access to majestic mountains, rivers, and natural forests. You can have the staff at Sonora recommend your days activities that can include outdoor hiking followed up by a relaxing day at their world class spa. There is no better way to spend your vacation than relaxing in a hydrotherapy tub with 252 programmable jets and then jumping in one of the outdoor warm mineral pools to take your mind off the demands at work and recharge your batteries. This is also a great place to consider for that upcoming anniversary to celebrate with the one that you love.

Victoria Condos a new place to live


Posted on 4th December 2012 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing

Sometimes it is good to take a step back in time and this is true when it comes to housing. The Union victoria condos are creating that sense of nostalgia with the brick and upturned eaves with the comforts of today’s technology and convenience of being close to downtown. The housing market across the region has been slowing and people are looking to step into a property with lower upkeep and closer to work. These condos are offering a great way of life with many of the arts,restaurants, and local conveniences all within walking distance so that you can enjoy life. For those looking to live downtown and be a part of a neighborhood that is constantly buzzing with excitement then victoria condos might be your next place to call home.

Finding the right CRM for your business


Posted on 4th December 2012 by Jeff Rogers in Technology

In today’s competitive business environment connecting with your customers is even more critical with all the channels they have to gain information and make purchases. Equipping your sales people with the latest data and marketing objectives so that when they are interfacing with their customers can make the difference between a losing or gaining a sale. This is why many small to medium sizes companies are turning to CRM tools like, Act, or Sales Logix. There are so many different CRM Software solutions that knowing which one will work for your particular business needs can make or break your strategy. Teaming up with a partner who knows the top CRM software solutions like Quality Integrity can help save you time and money.
Experts in the field of CRM solutions can help you uncover needs that you may not have thought of and help provide recommendations that are more closely aligned with your business needs. With some of the top CRM solutions now available as a off the shelf solution it may seem simple just to go with the hottest product on the market. There are various benefits that each one offers and being able to test and understand which benefits are right for your company can cost valuable time and money. Let the experts at Quality Integrity help you and your teams make the right choice and beat your competition before they beat you.

Make international calls on your smartphone with Voxofon


Posted on 3rd December 2012 by Jeff Rogers in Technology

For many of us that own a smartphone and need to call abroad there is a new option that covers your phone and allows you to save money on international calls. Now international calling from iPhone devices is as simple as downloading Voxofon’s app and dialing the international number. The process is simple on any smarthpone and Voxofon now covers up to 98% of smartphone users. Android users get the added bonus of being able to call home while traveling abroad because you are able to take advantage of their VoIP services so every call becomes local. Either using 3G or wireless using your iphone, blackberry, or android phone for mobile international calls is now easier and less expensive. You will love the sound quality that you get and the great prices. You can check out Voxofon sites and you can see the current rates for calling abroad. So if you are planning that family vacation to Italy, or that all important business trip to Southeast Asia, download the app for your phone so that you can stay in touch with family and friends.