How To Recover From The Top 10 Crucial Mac Disasters

1. Mac Keyboard Gets Liquid Exposure

Immediately disconnect the power cord and remove the battery from your Mac. Turn your Mac upside down at an angle to allow the moisture to drain out. Do not lay the machine flat because we want to separate the machine from the moisture. Be sure to have a towel or cloth underneath the Mac to collect the dry liquid. Be sure to allow at least 3 days to pass before you reinstall the battery and power up the Mac. This will allow the moisture to dry completely.

DO NOT USE A HAIRDRYER! Hairdryers can burn the liquid onto important Mac components which can cause a application or software malfunction. If you are desperate and money isn’t a concern, you can contact a data recovery company such as Techserve or DriveSavers after you pull the plug from your Mac. Another option is to take your Mac in to an Apple Store but remember food and liquid damage is not covered by Apple Care.

If you computer starts up, and you are a self sufficient type of guy, you may be able to do the next step by yourself. You will have to disassemble your Mac and swab down the affected area with distilled water or denature alcohol which is available at hardware stores. If you aren’t confident in dissembling your Mac, take it to a local Apple Store for cleaning. Be sure to clean the affected area because if left, the liquid may corrode the Mac’s inwards overtime.

2. Mac Stuck in StartUp Mode

What do you do when your Mac stays stuck on the start up screen? First step is to reboot the Mac and hold down the Command and S key as the Mac is starting up. This will allow you to boot in single user mode and you will see white text appear on your screen. Once you see the # command prompt, type /sbin/fsck/-fy and hit return. The Mac will go into file system consistency check.

Be patient this process may take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the problem that is plaguing the Mac. Don’t be alarmed when you see the message “File System was modified”. Repeat the command prompt step again and again until you see a message stating “no problems were found”. Once this message appears, type in reboot.

If this doesn’t work and your computer is still stuck in start up mode, insert your OS X install disc into the disc drive and reboot. As the Mac is starting up, hold down the C key. If you are running 10.4 or later go to ApplicationsUtilitiesDisk Utility, select your hard drive and click Repair Disk on the First Aid tab. If there aren’t any disk errors, click Repair Disk Permissions. When this process is complete, restart your Mac.

If you are running OS 10.2 you can do the same steps except you will go to the InstallerOpen Disk Utility. If all the above fails, you will probably need to take your Mac to the Apple Store for professional repairing.

3. Mac Will Not Power On

If you attempt to power up your Mac and there is no start up chime, sound from the hard drive or Mac’s fan, and the light on the power indicator isn’t on, unplug you power cord and remove your battery. Also remove any other peripherals that may be connected such as printers, displays, etc. Now after waiting about 2 minutes, reconnect the battery and power cord to check if your Mac will start up normally. If it does, you are safe and can plug back in all peripherals.

If this doesn’t work, unplug the power cord and disconnect the battery again. Now try to reset the System Management Controller. If the System Management Controller’s file has been corrupted the Mac may not recognize it’s power supply. If you have a Mac Book or Mac Book Pro, hold the power button down for 5 seconds, then reconnect the adapter and press power to hopefully start up the Mac.

If you have a Mac Book Air you will need to hold Shift-Control-Option on the left side of the keyboard and press power. If you use another model, check with Apple Support, or Google the model name of your Mac + SMC to learn how to reset the System Management Controller.

4. Mac is Running Slow

One reason your MacBook Air water damage may tend to run slow is because a lot of applications and toolbars we may not use may be utilizing a lot of the Mac processing memory. Its time to erase / consolidate some of those resources you do not need. Create a new folder and put all the icons and folders into the newly created folder.

We do this because desktop icons and folders also use processing memory. If you want to consolidate even more, turn off some of the features you don’t need like animations, effects, and scrolling bars. The simplest way to do this is to use TinkerTool a free app that lets you customize OS X.

5. Mac Application Crashes

One cause of application failures could be because of system updates, downloading or installing a new piece of software or editing or changing the preferences on your Mac. If you have did none of the above the problem may be the application’s preferences. Go to ACCOUNTS create a new account and log in as the new user. If the application works with the new user account, the problem may be with the application preferences.

If this is the case you could either reset application preferences by holding down command+option+shift keys when starting the application or you could go to Users/Library/Preferences folder and removing the crashed application’s preferences. If you still can’t figure out how to reset the application default preferences, you could go to the manufacturer’s website.

6. Mac Makes a Mysterious Buzz Noise

If you hear a high pitched noise or weird buzz coming from your Mac’s hard drive that may be a warning sign it may be time to replace it. Another sign may be frequent application freezes or start up freezes. Also if files are starting up slowly or closing slowly that is another sign it may be time to replace the hard drive. Your Mac’s monitoring system may say the hard drive is o.k. but don’t take any chances! Back up the drive asap!

7. Macbook Gets a Scratch

Some people have tried the DIY approach to repairing scratches. I have heard stories of people taking their MAC in to jewelers to have the scratches buffed out. Other people have used put Vaseline into the scratch to mask it. You can try Apple Care but usually they won’t cover this.

One solution is TechRestore. TechRestore can replace a MacBook display anywhere from $350 to $500 depending on the display size of your MacBook’s screen. If you are handy and want to do it yourself, PowerBookMedic is a good source to purchase a new display.

8. Your Mac’s Fonts Are Going Exorcist

Small font files and corrupt files can cause application crashes and display issues. If you are running OS X (Tiger or Leopard) you can avoid by going into applications and launching Font Book. Once Font Book is open command click a group of fonts to check if they are corrupt and then select validate fonts. Bad files and corrupt fonts can enter your system from being downloaded from bad websites.

If a particular file is corrupt, you will see a round icon with an X on it. Click the box next to the bad font and then select Remove Checked to remove the file from your system. If there is a yellow warning sign next to the font, remove the font file from the Font folder, restart the system and hopefully this will resolve your issue.

If you are running an older OS system on your Mac I would suggest a font manager like Extensis Suitcase Fusion. This app is highly recommended and offer many ways to organize and work with your fonts.

9. SAFARI IS RUNNING SLOW ON YOUR MAC

If Safari is having performance issues try Resetting Safari (go to Safari>Reset Safari). Doing this will give you the option to delete stored login information, cache, favicons, history, and cookies. Before you delete everything try only deleting cache, favicons, and history first.

10. REMOVING SCRATCHES FROM YOUR IPOD OR IPHONE

Many people use toothpaste! Yes toothpastes can be used to remove the blemishes and scratches on your screen but I wouldn’t recommend it because certain brands of toothpaste may be more abrasive and could possibly add more scratches.

One solution I would suggest is Applesauce polish. Applesauce is simple to use, just follow the self explanatory directions.

The Future of Digital Currencies

“Ah but it’s Digital now”. “Digital” a word whose origins lie in the latin digitalis, from digitus (“finger, toe”); now it’s use is synonymous with computers and televisions, cameras, music players, watches, etc, etc, etc. But what of digital money or even digital democracy?

The printing press caused a revolution in its time, hailed as a democratic force for good by many. Books available to the masses was indeed a revolution; and now we also have e-books and technological devices to read them with. The fact that the original words have been encoded into a numerical form and decoded back to words electronically does not mean we trust less the words we are reading, but we may still prefer the aesthetics of a physical book than a piece of high-tech plastic which needs to have its battery charged to keep working. Can digital currencies such as bitcoin really provide a contribution to positive social change in as spectacular a way?

To answer this we must ask what of money, how are we to understand it, use it and incorporate it into a sustainable model of a ‘better world for all?’ Money, unlike any other form of property, is unique in that it may be used for anything prior to an event even occurring. It implies nothing, yet can be used for great good or great evil, and yet it is only what it is despite its many manifestations and consequences. It is a unique but much misunderstood and misused commodity. Money has the simplicity of facilitating buying and selling, and a mathematical complexity as demonstrated by the financial markets; and yet it has no notion of egalitarianism, moral or ethical decision making. It acts as an autonomous entity, yet it is both endogenous and exogenous to the global community. It has no personality and is easily replaceable, yet it is treated as a finite resource in the global context, its growth governed by a set of complex rules which determine the way in which it may behave. Yet despite this the outcomes are never completely predictable and, furthermore; a commitment to social justice and an aversion to moral turpitude is not a requirement of its use.

In order for a currency to effectively perform the financial functions required of it, the intrinsic-value of money has to be a commonly held belief by those who use it. In November 2013 the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs acknowledged that virtual currencies are a legitimate means of payment, an example of such is Bitcoin. Due to the very low transaction fees charged by the ‘Bitcoin network’ it offers a very real way to allow the transfer of funds from migrant workers sending money back to their families without having to pay high transfer fees currently charged by companies. A European Commission calculated that if the global average remittance of 10% were reduced to 5% (the ‘5×5’ initiative endorsed by the G20 in 2011), this could result in an additional US$ 17 billion flowing into developing countries; the use of the blockchain would reduce these fees near to zero. These money transfer companies who extract wealth from the system may become dis-intermediated through the use of such an infrastructure.

Probably the most important point to note about cryptocurrencies is the distributed and decentralised nature of their networks. With the growth of the Internet, we are perhaps just seeing the ‘tip of the iceberg’ in respect of future innovations which may exploit undiscovered potential for allowing decentralisation but at a hitherto unseen or unimaginable scale. Thus, whereas in the past, when there was a need for a large network it was only achievable using a hierarchical structure; with the consequence of the necessity of surrendering the ‘power’ of that network to a small number of individuals with a controlling interest. It might be said that Bitcoin represents the decentralisation of money and the move to a simple system approach. Bitcoin represents as significant an advancement as peer-to-peer file sharing and internet telephony (Skype for example).

There is very little explicitly produced legal regulation for digital or virtual currencies, however there are a wide range of existing laws which may apply depending on the country’s legal financial framework for: Taxation, Banking and Money Transmitting Regulation, Securities Regulation, Criminal and/or civil law, Consumer Rights/Protection, Pensions Regulation, Commodities and stocks regulation, and others. So the two key issues facing bitcoin are whether it can be considered as legal tender, and if as an asset then it is classed as property. It is common practice for nation-states to explicitly define currency as legal tender of another nation-state (e.g. US$), preventing them from recognising other ‘currencies’ formally as currency. A notable exception to this is Germany which allows for the concept of a ‘unit of account’ that can therefore be used as a form of ‘private money’ and can be used in ‘multilateral clearing circles. In the other circumstance of being considered as property the obvious discrepancy here is that, unlike property, digital currencies have the capacity of divisibility into much smaller amounts. Developed, open economies are generally permissive to digital currencies. The USA has issued the most guidance and is highly represented on the map below. Capital controlled economies are effectively by definition contentious or hostile. As for many African and a few other countries the topic has not yet been addressed.

Starting from the principles of democratic participation it is immediately apparent that bitcoin does not satisfy the positive social impact component of such an objective in so far as its value is not one it can exert influence over but is subject to market-forces. However any ‘new’ crypto-currency may offer democratic participation when the virtual currency has different rules of governance and issuance based upon more socially based democratic principles.

So what if a “digital” currency could provide a valid alternative to existing forms of money in performing the role of contributing positively to: the goals of promoting a socially inclusive culture, the equality of opportunity and the promotion of mutualism; which as their very name implies are alternative and/or complementary to an official or national sovereign currency? Virtual cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin are a new and emerging dynamic in the system; though in their infancy, the pace of innovation in the field of cryptocurrencies had been dramatic.

There are many factors which determine the ‘effectiveness’ of money to bring about positive social and environmental change; pervading political ideology, economic environment, the desire of local communities and individuals to pursue alternative social outcomes whilst seeking to maximise economic opportunity, building of social capital, and many others. If a local digital currency could be designed to build extra resilience into a local economy and improve economic outcomes then introduction on a more widespread basis merits investigation. When the current economic system fails to deliver it is manifested in such ways as: increased social isolation, higher crime rates, physical dereliction, poor health, a lack of a sense of community, amongst other undesirable social impacts.

The future is digital?

If you’re interested in the future of digital currency, and how it could be used for social and community good, then check out Coinbase Review.

Pressure Wash Contractors – Is it Really About the Money?

As with any trade, a contractor entering into the pressure washing industry has their sight on one primary goal. That is to make money and LOTS of it.

This is probably the one common denominator that most pressure wash contractors give as their reason for joining the rank and file as a professional power washing contractor. Obviously there is nothing wrong with making money with your business; this is why you are in business right? Often time a contractors success is measured by prescribed benchmarks passed down from one generation to the next. One of them being how much money do you make? The formula has always been that money equals success. The other is whether or not you are busy? If a contractor is busy, then the old cliche is that they must be successful because their busy. And if a contractor is busy 7 days a week from sun-up to sun-down then obviously they are making great money ~ right?

The Rat Race of Success?

Imagine having a 5 year business plan that yields a surge of growth for your business that everything else in your life is on hold in order to accommodate the abounding growth you experience year after year? The influx of sales calls must be answered within 24 hours preferably. Once answered, then you must schedule the estimates. Do not forget to take the time to proof read your marketing fliers/postcards in between answering all the sales calls and the estimates that you just scheduled. Phone time with your distributor is a must in order to keep the chemicals/soaps stocked. The phone time with your distributor also affords you the opportunity to ask technical questions about the “rattling noise” you hear on your rig when it is in operation. For some of you, if your rig goes down then you are nonoperational at least for the next 24-48 hours at minimum.

Fellow contractors need their time also on the phone with you so they can “bend your ear” for tips and suggestions. Set some time aside at night to keep your companies web presence in the forefront for your customer base and to answer emails from customers that opted to not call you during the day. Training any new employee will take a good chunk out of a work day so plan accordingly. If you are a one-man operation you obviously will need to finesse your washing schedule in order to make time to actually perform the work that was booked from those sales calls mentioned earlier. In the past you were able to make bank deposits every Friday but today you just cannot seem to make it to the bank until after it is closed because you literally have a thousand other priorities going on with the success of your business.

In between this fast operation tempo you may manage to give your significant other a call on the phone to let them know that you will not be able to make it to your sons little league game or your daughters dance recital again as promised. You offer up a sincere and heart felt apology not only to your significant other but more importantly to your child who is obviously upset that you will not be there – again. You had every intention to make it this time when you left for work that morning but as luck would have it a customer frantically called at the last minute saying the stain you applied yesterday was not the right color! Before you hang up with your wife you mention that you will not make it home for dinner either. Has this been your routine lately? Do the demands of your business and the priorities associated with it overshadow the very reason why you are in business of pressure washing in the first place?

What is Your System?

Business growth and the effort that is required to manage that growth can be a pleasant experience as a pressure wash business owner. As your business grows externally i.e. sales, marketing, increase in contracts, you must ensure that you internal business infrastructure i.e. employees, managers, sales team is also growing to compliment this external growth. It is highly recommended that your business plan not only speaks on “systems” but more importantly that you understand the action on your part to place the right people into your business so that the “systems” in writing can turn to “systems” of reality. As business owners, we often overlook the infrastructure portion of our business plan by diverting our attention on only how to get our phone to ring. When this happens we find ourselves running our business in what is commonly known as ‘catch up mode’. This means that no matter what time of the day it is, you are behind schedule or in ‘catch up mode’ because your “systems” still lay dormant. In conjunction with just being behind schedule every day, we also unconsciously run a very high risk of losing out on the joys of spending quality time with our family and loved ones as described in the example above. Does this sound like you?

Who is in Charge?

There is good news and today you are empowered as the owner of your business to stop this cycle of madness and take control of your business instead of letting your business control you. The first step in order to regain control of your business is that you need to arrive to the understanding and belief that constant business growth is not necessarily the only indicator to success. As a pressure washing contractor with a family you owe it to your significant other and children to ensure that the growth of your business does not constantly overshadow the simple things in life that everyone in your household needs and wants.

Who ME??

As business owners, we have the luxury and the ability to ‘scale back’ our time in the field in order to make the time to give our family the attention they deserve. Why? Because you are the owner and the BOSS. That is right; YOU call the shots on the day to day operations and at what the operation tempo of your day will be like. If your ‘systems’ action plan only got as far as it being written on a piece of paper then you run a very high risk of burning yourself out very quickly. Coupled this along with the mental peer pressure from your significant other that you have not spent quality time with your family in the last 4-6 months, it is plausible that one day you may wake up and realize that you do not enjoy what you are doing i.e. pressure washing.

Instead of starting your pressure wash season with only the purpose of making as much money as you can, could it be feasible that you approach your pressure wash season with the mind set that your business and family will sustain a “balance” through out the year? Oh the joy of seeing a young boys face light up when he sees BOTH parents sitting in the bleachers to watch his little league game in the middle of the afternoon; Or the smile from ear-to-ear when a young daughter happily jumps into your arms because you came to pick her up from school. Establishing the right “systems” in your pressure washing business takes time and ultimately some trial and error. It is okay if you do not get it right after several attempts but be mindful and confident that you will get there eventually. Managing the growth of your company may even mean temporarily not growing at all until you able to find the right individuals that posses the skill set your business needs to take it to that next plateau.

Time To Reflect

If you find yourself in the middle of the pressure wash gauntlet today, take a moment and reflect on what is really important in your life on your terms. Ask yourself why you became a pressure washing contractor in the first place? Was it because you and your family wanted the freedom that you could not obtain working for someone else? If so, where is that freedom today? Take inventory on how your time away from the family may be viewed by your significant other and your children today. If making money at all costs is what drives you then congratulations on your success. If you seek that “balance” between pressure washing and family remember that you are empowered to be in control of your days. One of rewards of being a business owner is that you have the ability to keep any schedule that you wish.

I personally know a pressure washing contractor located in Kentucky that has carved out a pretty decent pressure washing business. One of the keys to his success is that he manages his business verses letting his business manage him. It is not uncommon for him to be out riding his Harley in the afternoon or taking his beautiful family to a local restaurant for an early supper on any given day. This is a prime example of how one pressure washing contractor has taking advantage of why he is in business in the first place; that is to enjoy life. I do not know how much money he makes a year but I would guess that he, along with other pressure washing contractors that have mastered this “balance” between work and family, is probably one of the richest guys in the industry and has very little if any to do with the size of his bank account.

Lets Go Out for Dinner

So as your phone continues to ring off the hook and you are attempting to be superman for all your customers all at one time, stop and asked yourself whether or not ‘is it really about all the money?’ If so, continue on your journey and you should be applauded for your sacrifice. If not, I am sure you would be superman, at least for that night, to your family when you show up at the house unannounced to tell them you are taking them out to dinner!

For pressure washing services in Kelowna check out the information below.

NEXT LEVEL Window Cleaning
3739 Casorso Rd
Kelowna, BC
V1W 5e8
Phone: (250) 826-4843

Components Of Website SEO Services

Website search engine optimization (SEO) is at the heart of all your marketing and promotional efforts and services. However, the best SEO efforts can go unfruitful if they are not in sync with technical requirements.

For most small businesses in current times, website SEO is often the first step in promoting their business and client services. For a small or mid-size business, website SEO helps promotional efforts, reach out to target audiences, and save significant amounts of money on promotional efforts.

Website SEO consists of several service components. Technical expertise is needed to implement SEO elements.

Link building: Link building includes appropriate back-linking substantiated by the relevant content and activities like social media marketing and email marketing. All of these have to follow guidelines of the search engine, for example the Google Webmaster Guidelines.

Website SEO efforts can be jeopardized by the use of inadequate link building or utilizing incorrect links.

Keyword research: Website SEO efforts also include content that uses the correct keywords to draw target audiences to your services. For SEO to be effective, keywords relevant to your competitors are also taken into account.

On page SEO: Website SEO services often contain on page optimization tool that can help analyze internal links as well as page content to supplement the overall SEO efforts. Many on page SEO tools work together with other tools that help measure keyword density, analyze links, etc. to complement the SEO strategy. Other useful tools include the keyword optimization tool that can reveal the word count in content.

Benefits of hiring professional SEO services for your website

There are immense benefits to hiring a professional expert to conduct the SEO for your online marketing requirements.

Develop a strong online presence: Website SEO experts understand how SEO works, rules set by search engines, and how to work around them to ensure higher visibility for your business services. SEO experts are also clued into SEO updates and changes and can help your website adapt quickly to them before you lose any business.

Connect with potential customers: An SEO expert takes into account your competitors’ websites as well, and designs a strategy for your services, keeping in mind even the competitor’s strategy. This allows you to present your visitors and potential customers with exactly what they would like to see. Your chances of connecting with a potential customer are thus, higher.

Convert visitors into clients: Ultimately, all your marketing and promotional efforts are targeted to getting more clients. Increase in number of clients means increase in revenue. Targeted and well thought-out SEO efforts, including activities such as PPC and link building, can actually get more visitors to your website, and help convert them into consumers of your products and services.

Advantages of Window Awnings

While not all forms of architecture lend themselves well to exterior window devices, many homes can benefit from the presence of awnings in several ways. Here are some of the examples of how the installation of simple window awnings can make a big difference for many homeowners, both in terms of curb appeal and practical home management.

One of the great benefits of awnings is that they can add a measure of protection to windows and doors around the home. An awning over a window means that it is possible to have raise the window sash and catch a nice breeze, even if the weather is not sunny. Because of the protection provided by the awning, people who enjoy an open feel to the home can leave the windows raised even if there is rain. In fact, the combination of a refreshing breeze and the sound of the rain striking the metal surface of the awning may create the perfect circumstances for a restful afternoon nap.

Along with the practical application of providing cover for windows, the installation of window awnings may also help to keep the electric bill from getting out of hand. If the comfortable air from outside can be funneled into the home via an open window, there is no need for cooling the space with an air conditioning system. Being able to take advantage of a temperate day in this manner will mean less funds devoted to paying utilities, which is always a nice plus.

Last, window awnings can add a visual element of interest to the exterior of your home. Awnings can be painted in a solid color or include stripes that pick up the color scheme of your yard and home with ease. The added detail helps to give the impression of a comfortable home and make your house a little more inviting as people arrive for a visit. From a practical point of view, the awnings also protect the window frames and sashes, meaning you will need to replace the fittings less often. They will wear better and thus require less attention over the years. In terms of both serviceability, look, and maintenance, the awning offers a lot.

Aluminium window awnings in Canberra are a good start in your search for for a more comfortable home by the use of awnings.

Window Awnings For Homes Add Amazing Style Along With Energy Savings

As the window awnings become increasingly most popular both for their environmentally friendly function like their amazing style, many people are looking for and buying awnings for their houses and businesses. But, if you have not gone through this process before, it can be complicated to decide where to start. Some of the best looking houses on the block are those with awnings. While window awnings have been popular for many years, the growing cost of energy has made them even more popular. Obviously, in addition to helping decrease monthly energy bills, the window awnings are also increases their beauty and style of a house. Select a color, design, or style that increases the house and you will be impressed by the transformation.

Generally, people first relate awnings by a means of improving a home but the functional feature quickly wins out. During the hot summer months, window awnings can help to cut back for heat and glare. Then in winter season, it can also help for block out wind and cold. For giving you an idea how valuable an awning can be, consider that during the hotter season, the temperatures can be decreased between eight degrees and fifteen degrees, which are quite considerable.

With some people are concentrating on benefits, you will find a number of the manufacturers that design awnings with solutions dyed acrylic fabrics. These kinds of fabrics offer years of enjoyment and benefit while not fading. The colors are still bright and vibrant, occasionally for over fifteen years.

When you are looking at awnings, you will know a number of design choices. For instance, you can select a retractable awning, freestanding, or stationary. Moreover, awnings are made to open or closed sides that are actually a substance of personal preference. When considering size, a good suggestion is that the awning drop will be about 50% that of the actual window. So, if you had a window measuring about 36 inches high, the window awning drop will measure about 18 inches.

Mount your window awnings on a level surface. This method, your awnings will be level, durable, and look ideal. While you can invest good money on window awnings, most are affordably priced You can buy awnings and let that the company do the installation, or buy a window awnings available online and hire someone to install them for you. However, if you are excellent at fixing and operating on items around the house, then you can do the set up and installation yourself.

Aluminium window awnings in Canberra can save you money on existing resources. With the sun’s UV lights, things reduce. So, if your windows are not covered, the sun can cause on your wall paint, artwork, floor covering, and especially the furniture that lose color. Always remember that some awnings come with a complete assurance and warranties while the others do not. Although your awnings can last for years, it will be worth the investment to select one with quality fabric and a good warranty.

What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment which combines cognitive-behavioral theory and methods with eastern meditative principles and practices. Dialectical Behavior therapy was developed by psychologist Marsha Linehan.

Who Benefits from DBT Skills Training?

DBT can be useful for Borderline Personality Disorder, Substance Abuse, self-injury, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and depression.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training

Usually, DBT includes a combination of group skills training and individual psychotherapy. There are four main types of skills that are focus in DBT.

Mindfulness techniques

Mindfulness is cornerstone in DBT. Mindfulness is an open, accepting, non-judgmental awareness. It helps individuals for accepting and tolerating the strong emotions. Therefore mindfulness considered “core” skill, because is essential to implement the other DBT skills successfully. When you’re mindful, you observe your behaviors, emotions and thoughts from outside, without judging and labeling.

The goals of teaching mindfulness skills in Dialectical Behavior Therapy are:

  • Fully observing without judgment
  • Describing without judgmental statements
  • Participating in the activity with fully focus

Distress Tolerance

Distress tolerance skill is an ability for accepting and tolerating painful events and emotions when, there is no way to solve the problem or get rid of the stressful situation.

Individuals who have low distress tolerance do self destructive behaviors for escaping from severe emotional pain. Self destructive behaviors destroy oneself, one’s family and causes emotional crisis for the long term. Self destructive behaviors include three categories:

1. Self harm.
2. Drug abuse.
3. Suicide.

There are four categories of distress tolerance skills in Dialectical Behavior Therapy:

1. Distraction.
2. Self-Soothing.
3. Improving the moment.
4. Focusing on the pros and cons.

Distress tolerance skills help individuals for tolerating stressful situations and managing difficult emotional states without using Self destructive behaviors.

Emotion Regulation

Individuals with borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder and suicidal individuals suffer from uncontrolled emotions such as depression, mania, anger and anxiety. Learning to regulate our emotions enables us to manage our emotions instead of being managed by them.

Emotion Regulation skills include three stages:

  1. understand what you’re feeling
  2. reduce your vulnerability
  3. Decrease emotional suffering.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Our interactions with other people can generate stress. Stress can also lead to self destructive behaviors. On the other hand, our relationships are the effective tools for coping with stress. Interpersonal response patterns taught in Dialectical Behavior Therapy include effective strategies for asking for what you want.

DBT Orange County help people improve their relationships and manage conflict more effectively.

Professional Carpet Cleaning VS DIY

Common misconception about professional carpet cleaning service is it is costly, inconvenient, and one can clean a carpet oneself using self purchased steam cleaning machines or use stain removal products available in DIY shop.

To correct the misconception, we need to understand the difference between the two cleaning processes to draw a fairer conclusion.

DIY Carpet Cleaning

Typical DIY cleaning involves regular carpet vacuuming, removing stains on carpet using DIY stain removal products found in hardware store, and some may even purchase or lease equipment to clean it.

Regular vacuuming is a necessary carpet maintenance practice which should be done daily to minimize the amount of accumulated dust, dirt particles and micro organism in it. This regular exercise is recommended not only to maintain the condition of carpet, regular dust removal also help to improve indoor air quality and minimize exposure to indoor airborne allergens.

While occurrence of a carpet stain is inevitable to prevent, one should be extra cautious when applying chemical based stain removal products from hardware stores. Due to the chemical content in carpet stain removal solutions sold in the market you need to be very careful when selecting the carpet stain removal solution and to follow given instructions diligently as one wrong application step may cause permanent damage that cannot be reversed, even by any professional cleaning service companies. By then, you may end up spending more money to get it repaired or replaced.

Purchasing or leasing cleaning equipment maybe an alternative solution. But before making the purchase, it is highly recommended to check with your carpet installer which carpet cleaning method is suitable for your carpet material. Some carpet material should not get wet at all while some carpet may discolour if not cleaned appropriately.

Professional Carpet Cleaning

Reputable professional carpet cleaning companies would invest money to research and bring in effective cleaning system and products to produce excellent and safe cleaning result. Furthermore, carpet cleaning operators are often trained professionally and have many years of experience in handling different types of carpet and challenging conditions.

Carpet cleaning cost is normally pegged to the total cleanable carpet area and the existing carpet condition. So the dirtier it is, the longer it will take to clean the carpet. This means longer man hour and more cleaning products needed to clean the carpet which will incur higher cost. Dirtier carpet also has less chance to get all the stains and dirt removed as some of the stains may have penetrated into the carpet fibre which makes them impossible to be removed.

Conclusion

Contrary to common misconception, professional cleaning may not always be costly and cause inconvenience. In fact, if you engage professional cleaning regularly, the cost to clean and maintenance assurance you get from them will be more worth it than getting it cleaned on your own.

While DIY carpet cleaning may seem cheaper or more convenient as you can choose to clean carpet as and when required, your employed cleaner or yourself does not have the necessary cleaning skill and experience to handle the cleaning. Mishandling of carpet cleaning products or stain removal solutions also risks causing damage to the carpet which will end up causing more damage than cleaning it.

Whichever carpet cleaning method you prefer, an important note to remember, do not underestimate the amount of accumulated dust, dirt, bacteria, and micro organism that can be found in it. Regular carpet vacuuming is important for general carpet housekeeping and maintaining good indoor air quality in your premise. Whenever in doubt when cleaning your carpet, always check with a reputable carpet cleaning service company for advice.

Role of Mortgage Brokers in Purchasing a Home

If you have a decision to purchase your home or refinance your mortgage why you should use a mortgage broker. A broker will have access to big banks and also have access to local brokers. Choose a good Toronto broker to find the right mortgage. A mortgage broker performs a job very similar to that of the bank loan officer. The difference between the two is that the bank officer works for the bank and offers loan, the broker is an individual who has relationship with many leading institutions and not committed to anyone. A broker acts as a link between the buyer and the lender. A broker acts within a firm or works independently. The broker may be the best option when searching for a home in or near Toronto. Using a broker may well increase the chances of successfully finding a mortgage for people who have special circumstances, such as poor credits.

Banks require you to qualify lot of conditions in order to qualify for mortgage financing. Toronto brokers works with borrowers helping them to find the best mortgage loans. A good Toronto broker will learn the needs of the borrower helping you to get the right loan deal from the lender. They will provide basic credit counseling to borrowers with the intention to correct your credit issues. He is a valuable tool in finding a home for you. In many cases they will get you a mortgage and charge you little because in many cases the bank will pay their fees. If you have bad credits then you have to pay for your mortgage brokers because they have to find private mortgage financing to accommodate your financing needs.

There are a lot of benefits in using mortgage brokers to purchase your home. A mortgage broker is aware of the entire mortgage industry including current rates and having contacts with many lenders. Each mortgage broker has his own specialty some can get only traditional mortgages some brokers can get uncommon loan like reverse mortgages. Toronto has many professional brokers ready to help the house hunters. The major benefit of working with a mortgage broker is that once he understands your particular needs he has a good idea of your financial history, he will be able to suggest which lenders might be able and interested in helping you to obtain your mortgage. Take time to research for the good Toronto mortgage broker to find a good home for you.

Safety and Security Big Button Mobile Phones Provide

Although the majority of mobile phones produced today are designed more for style and features, there is a specific contingent of people who require big button mobile phones. Elderly customers need a phone that is easy to see and understand, and doesn’t require advanced knowledge of cellular technology to operate. For those individuals, a few specialty brands have stepped up to offer models that are more user-friendly.

Mobile phones offer a measure of security to aging consumers. The ability to reach friends and family for special assistance is important, since healthcare providers can’t always be available twenty-four hours a day for emergencies and urgent requests. Having a phone with simple controls gives them peace of mind and confidence in staying connected to those who help them on a daily basis.

The large majority of this special subset of mobile customers are not invalids. Many volunteer and participate in social and civic groups or provide assistance for less fortunate individuals. Their physical limitations do not limit their desire to communicate and remain active in their communities and families.

Clarity is one brand that has been a leader in telephone handsets for the hearing impaired and special needs market sectors around the world. The company was acquired by Plantronics in 1986, opening the door for new markets in the mobile phone industry. The models designed by the company are compatible with hearing aids and provide amplification for those who work in noisy environments or suffer from hearing loss.

In addition to standard ringtones, the phones usually have lighted dials and a vibration function to signal an incoming call. All of the buttons on these big button mobile phones can produce audible sounds in use, and the oversize screens make the readouts easier to see. Many of the models in use also have an emergency call button that dials up to five individual numbers simultaneously until someone answers to provide assistance in a dangerous or life-threatening situation.

Though the phones are not cheap, the measure of security they provide for handicapped, hearing-impaired, and elderly customers can prove invaluable in the right situation. Part of the phone’s high price point is due to the fact that these phones are unlocked for GSM networks, meaning they can potentially be used with a number of service providers.

Another vendor in the big button mobile phones market is Swedish-based Doro, which has been popular in Europe and Australia for thirty-five years. The company made a grand appearance at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Their low-price, easy to use phones have begun to penetrate the U.S. market, providing stiff competition for established brands in the States like Jitterbug and Motorola. Doro’s phones are not light on features, either. The company offers a 410gsm model that includes calculator, alarm clock, Bluetooth technology, and an FM radio.

Big button mobile phones will continue to have an impact on cellular sales as aging consumers continue to demand reliable handsets that provide higher decibel audio response, oversized controls, and simple features that offer a measure of security to this unique class of mobile phone users.