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What Makes E-commerce Hum

What makes e-commerce hum? Dozens of technologies and companies, most of which you’ve never heard of. These are the so-called “enabler” companies, the firms competing fast and hard to build the infrastructure for e-commerce in both the retail and business-to-business universes. From the front end to the back, they make the hardware, software, services, tools, and transactions platform that make the wheels of commerce turn.

Enabler companies with unsexy names and services drive the process.

The enabler group has sneaked beneath most of the news media’s radar, but not Wall Street’s. A quick glance at the latest Internet stock rankings from New York-based Pegasus Research International reveals an eye-opening fact: Seven of the ten best-performing Internet stocks in 2016 – companies with a majority of revenues or customers linked directly to business – aren’t true Internet companies at all. They’re all Internet-company enablers. (And that figure doesn’t even include VerticalNet, which is a hybrid, doing business over the Web and enabling others to do so as well.)

My Addiction To Chewing Ice-Behind the craving

Hi, my name is Crazy and I…am an addict. I am addicted to ICE. No, I don’t shoot up or smoke meth. I’m talking about actual ice. You know, the stuff you put in your drinks to keep them cold.

It started when I was a teenager. Sometimes I would finish a drink and there would be a few half-melted pieces of ice sitting in the bottom of the glass. I would suck them up and crush them between my teeth, enjoying the way the tiny particles of ice would slowly melt in my mouth. Back then it was just something I did once in a blue moon. I could take it or leave it.

But about 10 years ago things started getting out of control. What was once just an occasional pleasure had become a daily habit. I was chomping ice after every drink. In fact, I couldn’t even have a drink without ice. I became an ice connoisseur. While I would chew on any ice that came my way, I preferred my ice crushed.

I knew which places had the best finely crushed ice. The ultimate high was the soft, silky shaved ice at the snow cone stands. No syrup for me, thank you, just give me a big old cup of shaved ice piled at least 4 inches above the top.

Seniors on Facebook, OMG what now?

I would like to make a very special announcement…my mother has discovered the biggest time waste of all time wastes, Facebook and YouTube!!! Watch out YouTube; my mother is searching you for funny videos.  The world will never be the same.

Among her many discoveries on that magical thing called the internet is my blog! After writing over 200 posts (every day since June 17), my mother is finally reading what I’m piecing together every night.

Welcome, mom!  It’s going to be so much fun to have you with me during the rest of my year of writing dangerously!

How did she suddenly come upon this rarest of all things, the internet, you might ask.

Safety guidelines: Your child has become mobile

Safety guidelines: Your child has become mobile, and will likely get into things in your home, in order for him to explore his environment safely here are a few tips.

  • Make sure you have placed safety guidelines in place in your home.  Place plugs in electrical outlets, lock doors or safety latch doors you do not want the child entering. Place latches on cabinets. Consider bracing furniture to the walls, if you have a child that likes to climb.  Safety gates so your child cannot get down the stairs.
  • A Picky Eater: So you feel your child is a picky eater.  Most children are probably getting enough nutrients, even if they are not eating what you would expect.  As long as the child appears to be growing and developing properly, and has the energy to play-they are probably getting enough nourishment.

Parents of picky eaters should remember that:

How to prepare for a Weekend getaway

This past weekend I did something I haven’t done since before I became a mother: I went away. By myself. For years one of my closest friends and I have tried to plan a weekend at her family’s cottage and it’s never worked out, but on Friday afternoon I packed my things and headed out for a totally relaxing weekend. No kids, no husband, no responsibility…just me and a good friend and a whole lot of beautiful scenery. And wine. And beer.

I was in such a rush to leave I left my purse sitting by the front door. Dave came home from work that afternoon and I couldn’t get out of the house fast enough.

We had an amazing weekend – the weather was absolutely gorgeous and it was totally friggin’ awesome to kick back with a good friend and just chill. At night we sat on the deck and gazed at the stars; we went down to the dock and drank our coffees by the water in the mornings. We talked and laughed and shared silence together. We went for paddleboat rides, played games and took in the crisp air, not to mention the brilliant fall colors that were peeking through.

My October Goals and NaNoWriMo 2016

Time is flying, it’s almost October and the most 2 important goals for October are getting ready for NaNoWriMo and help my cousin to start with an online GED prep course.

There’s a lot to do if I’m going to pull this off. I’m off to a good start. The second goal (working for the GED exam) is a well structured and plan. We intend to work daily for at least one hour using mostly the website Coccell.com, as all we need is there.

The NaNoWriMo prep is a different story. First, I had to pick a genre. Ideally, I would have chosen literary fiction, but who am I kidding?  I chose Chick it.  What I have in mind is not technically chick lit.  I’m not hip enough for real chick lit.  But, it’s definitely for chicks.

Then I had to come up with a story. Done. Next, character names and backstories know where I want to start and what happens in the end. I have several “scenes” that have to take place. Now I have to fill in the details.

Gifts Ideas in August

8eef7f59865ea79635a97a69cb62f932I know it’s a little early to talk about Christmas gifts as summer is still around us, but it will be December before you know…ask any kid what one of their favorite parts about Christmas is and they will tell you the lights.

That holds true for most adults, too, so it is no surprise that the lighting fashion of the holiday season has become a popular staple at many other events, such as weddings, backyard parties, proms, and charity galas. Making the choice in which style and type of lights is key to a successfully designed space.

Many of these events find themselves outside where outdoor lighting is required. Weather and climate can turn a lovely evening under the lights into a tragic event if the correct type of lighting is not used, therefore always use lighting specified for outdoor use if this is where the event will be held.

Outdoor rope lights sport a long list of pros when put up against outdoor string lights. Rope lights have some complexities in their design that enable them to display different settings, such as rapid blinking, slow runners, alternating colors, etc. The key feature in rope lighting is the plastic casing that surrounds the lights.

Money Saving Secrets Of AdWords Bid Management

So, you’ve added all your keywords, written some fantastic ads and linked each to relevant landing pages that are guaranteed to sell your business. It’s now time to decide on your AdWords bid management strategy.

You’re on a tight budget (let’s face it who isn’t) and your profit margins are small. The minimum bid for most of your keywords is 10 cents so let’s start there and work up – right?

Wrong!

The Right AdWords Bid Management Strategy

A bid management strategy that starts with low bids on all your keywords will typically mean your ad position will also be low. This will translate into a low click-through-rate (CTR) for your ads and CTR is one of the most important factors in determining your Quality Score (QS). The lower your CTR, the lower your QS, the more you pay in bids.

When introducing a new keyword to your campaign, always start by bidding high to secure a top ad position on the search engine results pages (SERPs). Top ad positions typically get clicked on more often and this will help you too for building up a good keyword history.

Romaine-Apple salad with home made salad dressing

One of my favorite dishes to make is the salad. It’s a fairly simple concept consisting of a number of usually raw ingredients and a sauce. The greens by itself are pretty healthy, but if you want to go a little more overboard, you could put your daily dose of protein, iron, minerals, and vitamins in this kind of meal!

Even when summer is long over, I can still enjoy a good salad when I can. Because Wil and I had had a pretty hectic day yesterday, I didn’t feel like cooking, and so I decided to tumble a salad together instead, with my normal everyday ingredients when I figured that “Hey, apples would taste pretty darn good with a salad!”.

That’s how I ended up discarding my normal ingredients of choice, and went with something a little more unconventional instead.

The combination of the sweet and savory tastes in this salad is absolutely delicious (in my estimation), and I strongly suggest you try making the home-made dressing too, because it’ll blow your mind. Especially if your lactose-intolerant (like my husband), finding a salad dressing can be super difficult, and putting plain vegan mayonnaise isn’t really all that either.

Five Of The Best Ideas for Adventurous Family Holidays

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Berkeley – Family Camping

If the thought of an over-sized dancing mouse fills you with fear and being asked to enter a poolside belly-dancing competition isn’t your idea of fun, then worry not intrepid traveler as below are five awesome ideas for adventurous family holidays which will leave you excited, rejuvenated and down-right inspired.