Cheat Sheet Q & A:
The Question: What’s the difference between the
Bottom Line: This has become a hot topic this week as the
Additionally, you may factor in the recent massive revisions in many key Government economic reports recently (such as 3rd quarter
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Best companies, including best
Bottom Line: On a bad day at work it’s not unusual to wonder if the grass really is greener… If you work for one of the companies on this list… It’s not greener. First we’ll do the top 5 nationally:
Yes Google is trying to take over the world and make it a happy place for their employees. Now let’s take a look at the
For the complete list click here: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/best-companies/2014/list/
Perfect example of the need to shop healthcare costs:
Bottom Line: It’s a frequent message I’ll share with you… The biggest problem with our healthcare system is the cost of healthcare. The biggest reason costs are so high and continue to rise; it’s the result of not having true market forces at work. Because of the insurance model, we’ve been trained not to shop for healthcare based on cost considerations and trained by healthcare facilities to sign a sheet of paper that says that whatever the insurance company doesn’t pay you will. Never mind the fact that most of the time we don’t even know the extent of what is about to occur in that medial facility or office. Just sign the sheet of paper and don’t ask questions. It’s a truly absurd situation. It’s even sadder because we’re really great consumers and create terrific price competition in every other form of our everyday lives. So why am I ranting once again on this topic…
New research published in the journal BMJ Open, compared the cost of giving birth in
EBay - is set to shake up retail with The Plaza:
Bottom Line: EBay has been successful with individuals selling stuff to others and even other retailers selling stuff to others through EBay. What they haven’t been very successful with is having manufactures of products selling directly to individuals. That could and likely will change.
This Spring EBay will launch a new service called The Plaza. The Plaza will operate like an online mall of manufactures. Companies will be able to open their own stores for all of their products and sell direct to you (via EBay of course).
The ease of locating any products by search from one site, especially as we move into the same and next day delivery world, could prove to be a game changer in the retail world.
XP - Lives for another year:
Bottom Line: If you’re in the “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it camp” with regard to computer tech this update may be for you.
Microsoft was set to drop support of Windows XP April 8th of this year. That would have signaled the end of viability for the OS. However XP has been given a bit more life. Microsoft announced yesterday that they will continue to support XP through July 14th of 2015 now. So compute on. Btw, as a reminder, you never should operate an unsupported OS online. Once support is dropped hackers have free reign over the OS if they can figure out how to exploit it (which is a matter of when not if)and it’s a terrible idea to continue to use it online.
Improvement for your Home Improvement:
Bottom Line: We’re used to two different channels in the home improvement arena:
What do you do though if you are taking the DIY route only to reach a point where you need a professional helping hand? Who should you turn to without potentially overpaying for just the help you need? Lowes has teamed up with Porch.com to try to assist. If you contact the Lowes folks while you’re in process with your project they’ll make a recommendation for people or companies that can assist. The recommendations are aggregated across the