Professional Techniques For RAID 10 Recovery

October 5th, 2013 by admin No comments »

ptfr10rAs the development and growth of enterprises is becoming common, the businesses need to store a huge amount of data and make complex systems. For the same purpose, the latest technology of RAID started. This is an advanced mechanism being used nowadays. With the excess use of this mechanism, people are in need of some professional techniques that can be used for the process of RAID 10 recovery. This is complex storage technique which can sometime result in data loss.

RAID has different levels depending on the storage patterns of data as well as the ease in resisting data loss problems. Some of the levels are the simple levels, while higher levels are complex categories. Similarly, RAID 10 recovery is a complex in the same way as all other higher levels as compared to the lower levels. The RAID system is built using several disks and problems in the functionality results in data loss. The professional way of recovering is to avoid running the repairing utility of inaccessible drives. By avoiding defragmentation in drives, the status of drives can be known whether it is good or not. RAID 10 recovery includes avoidance of rebuilding when one comes to know that multiple drives are being failed.

How RAID Can Be Helpful In Small Business?

Those who are running any type of small business must have heard of Redundant Array of Independent Disks that can help in overall business development. This is a very useful tool, and it can be used in many ways before one needs the RAID repair to be done. Here are some reasons for all business areas to work with RAID support.

Before anything else, the RAID is not just a drive, but many of them put in one. In case one drive fails, there is always another one to work instead. In case of drive failure, the most important thing is to keep the data safe, and with RAID, it is finally possible to do. This is especially important when it comes to businesses, because it cannot wait, and it is crucial to keep working. The best thing about this is that no one will need an experienced RAID repair service. There are many data recovery services one can call, but they are usually not fast enough, and in many cases, they are not able to save the data. Nonetheless, a RAID is not some magical drive that cannot be broken, so there are some cases when the professional assistance is needed.

Who Needs Back Tax Help?

October 1st, 2013 by admin No comments »

nbthBack taxes refer to unpaid taxes due in a given year. They accumulate interest and penalties on a regular basis. If one has unpaid taxes, they may experience hardship especially if there is no means of paying for them. IRS however, has turned over the responsibility of unpaid tax collections to private entities and it allows for negotiation in case someone is unable to pay. Each year, more than one million individuals get letters from the IRS seeking more than $400 in back tax. When one receives a letter like this, they may need back tax help. This is because many do not know about HMRCs procedures to win their cases.

For older people, there is charity back tax help. Its success rate stands at 97% as compared to less than one quarter success when one goes the process alone. Pensioners with modest income too, may need tax help. However, others without the ability to hire tax help professionals may need to go the process alone as the cost of hiring may exceed the tax at stake. Before one decides on their course of action, it is important to study the pros and cons of hiring a professional, as sometimes it may not be necessary.

Tax Relief Help Companies With Quality

We have heard often enough that where there is flash there is very little substance. This can be true of companies that advertise for tax relief help. The smart thing to do is to stay away from such companies that spend way too much money on advertising their wares. It is a clear indicator that these companies are depending on the flash to attract customers. When one is weighed down by taxation and is looking for some tax relief help, flashy advertisements are not going to help. Instead, what will help is the core team that has specialized in this field. We should be looking for qualified experts to help us through this stressful time.

Individuals and families have been hit by tax debts and are likely to need help. One of the things that can be reassuring is when we see our helpers empathising with our plight. When we see the company that offers tax relief help actually sticking to their budget and coming across as highly efficient, we know that they will be the ones who can help us resolve our financial issues. Therefore, it should be clear to us to seek only those companies that depend on quality in terms of knowledge and work force. To read more check out http://taxdebtrelief.biz.

Understanding Medical Billing

July 22nd, 2013 by admin No comments »

umbMedical billing refers to the process involving the submissions and steps concerned with the follow-ups necessary to have insurance companies release payment for healthcare services given to a patient. The processes involved may sometimes be complex especially due to the fact that some claims may be rejected. Hence, medical billing training refers to the skills which are imparted to an individual who has the wish to be involved in this kind of work in future.

It is important that one who is choosing to go for medical billing training know the kind of work it usually involves. Many times, people have been employed to be in charge of following up insurance companies to have them make payments for services offered to policy holders. However, it is certainly obvious that those who have been trained in the ways of the processes have an upper hand when it comes to seeking employment in such a field. Usually, medical billing requires a lot of time from the person charged with submitting the necessary details for payment by the insurance company. This shows the importance of having people employed in this field to at least have some training on the way to go about it and even to manage unsuccessful claims. See more at medical-billing.net

Good Reviews Of Snoring Pillows

April 24th, 2013 by admin No comments »

snoring-pillowsI rarely go out with my sister. For this reason, we try to make it worthwhile every time we have a few days to spend with each other. Last weekend, we chose to hang out in our favorite hotel. We stayed there for two nights and it was enough for my sister to find out my condition. She did not know that I am a snorer and only realized it when she slept beside me for two consecutive nights. At first, she thought that I was snoring only because of exhaustion. But the second night confirmed that I snore regardless if I am tired or not. The following morning, my sister talked to me and advised me to take my snoring seriously. According to her, if I don’t have it cured right away, it can possibly lead to heart ailment, stroke or high blood pressure. I did not know that snoring can be that dangerous. I promised my sister that I will not let that happen. She made sure that before leaving the hotel, I already have a concrete plan on how to do away with my snoring. I told her that I am thinking of purchasing a snoring pillow because of the frankly amazing reviews I read about the product.

My girlfriend wanted me to try out anti snoring pillows. We talked about my snoring the other day. I was actually not bothered about my snoring until I learned about my girlfriend’s sentiments concerning this matter. She confessed that she’s beginning to regret moving in to my apartment. She told me how my snoring is keeping her awake all throughout the night. She also pointed out that her lack of sleep is becoming obvious as far as her appearance. It is evident that she looks tired and she is not pleased about it.

I am worried that my snoring might change her mind about marrying me. I think I really have to find a way to put an end to my snoring. My girlfriend’s suggestion sounds promising. I have heard a lot of good comments regarding the ability of snoring pillow to stop snoring and it seems worth a try. I guess I need to get rid of it not just for my girlfriend’s welfare but also for my own good. High blood pressure and heart attack are ailments that I might acquire because of snoring. These pillows are not expensive anyway.

Stopping Snoring Requires Discipline

Getting rid of snoring requires discipline. If you truly want to do away with this condition, you should make an effort to correct the unhealthy practices that you are accustomed to. You should avoid frequent consumption of alcoholic beverages. If you really have to drink to socialize, make sure it is in moderation. There is actually no reason for anyone not to take on any treatment for this condition.

Home remedies for snoring include proper sleeping position and using two or more pillows to elevate your head. Find out which particular position you are most comfortable with. If sleeping on your back triggers snoring, get used to sleeping on your side instead. Learn about anti snoring devices and analyze which among these products have been proven effective and safe. To name a few of these anti snoring devices, consider: nasal strips, throat spray, nasal dilators and snoring pillows. Do not forget to consult with your doctor even when your snoring has stopped with any of these items. These items are designed to temporarily stop snoring. There are medical procedures that you can consider to permanently cure snoring. You need to think about permanently eliminating your snoring to prevent it from resulting to more serious conditions, including death, unfortunately.

Overcharging Becoming Rare In The Internet Age

April 4th, 2013 by admin No comments »

Amid a morning of frenzied shopping near her home in suburban Columbus, OH, recently, Renee, 51, spotted the perfect gift for her dentist-husband at a local department store: a brushed-leather bomber jacket that was the bargain of the season. Not only had the price been slashed from $330 to $135, but there was a storewide 33 percent-off sale and Renee had a coupon in hand for 20 percent off any store purchase.

It seemed too good to be true, and it very nearly was.

shoppahAfter the salesclerk passed a scanner over the bar codes on the jacket’s price tag and the coupon, the computerized cash register flashed a $90 total. Renee thought that sounded steep considering all the discounts, but she hadn’t actually done the math, so she paid without questioning the price. “There were people behind me, and I didn’t want to hold up the line.” Between the cash register and the parking lot, though, an inner voice of doubt continued to nag.

Renee returned to the store and asked the clerk to double-check the price. Sure enough, when the numbers were all keyed in by hand, Renee discovered she’d been overcharged nearly $20.

In our brave new computerized world, we often assume that checkout-line scanners, now found in nearly every major discount, department, drug, and grocery store, are finely tuned models of accuracy–or, at the very worst, that occasional pricing errors are strictly nickel-and-dime stuff. But scanner errors are much more common than you might imagine–and retail overcharges may be costing consumers as much as billions of dollars every year.

“Going through a checkout line with a scanner is like rolling the dice,” says Bill Stephans, deputy agricultural commissioner and sealer of weights and measures in San Diego County, whose department inspects scanners. Last Christmas, Stephans’s inspectors bought 375 items from 32 discount and department stores. They discovered that 11.5 percent were mispriced–and of those items, twice as many were overpriced as were underpriced. Stephans says that after projecting such losses over an entire year’s worth of shopping, he puts the annual net loss to San Diego County consumers at $33.5 million. Statewide, the Department of Agriculture has estimated that scanner overcharges cost Californians as much as $250 million a year.

Across the country, nearly 5 percent of all retail transactions are scanned with an incorrect price, according to a 1996 Federal Trade Commission study. And the percentage is quite a bit higher for the chief offenders: department stores, drugstores, hardware stores, and discounters. (For example, in 1996, before it agreed to correct its error rate in a settlement with Boston’s Inspectional Services Department, the Osco Drugs chain in Boston had an average error rate of 77 percent; overcharges were three times as common as undercharges.)Factor in promotional sales, peak shopping seasons (Christmas, Memorial Day), and today’s downsized, overworked sales forces, and you have a recipe for chaos.

Few are accusing stores of being out-and-out scam artists. It seems clear that plain old human error is the culprit. But some observers wonder whether retailers are doing their best to clean up the mess. “If you catch the wrong price, the store will give you the right price,” says Stephans. “If you don’t catch it, well, the store made a little money. That may not be the retailers’ attitude, but it can be looked at that way.” Mary Bach, a former Pittsburgh-area teacher turned consumer advocate who has battled retailers like Wal-Mart, Kmart, and Ames over scanner errors, also harbors suspicions. “If I were to change the price tags on an item in a store to get a lower price, I would be prosecuted,” she fumes. “But when stores do it to a customer, they throw up their hands and say it’s human error. I’ve heard that one too many times.”

It was a dash into a store to buy a new T-shirt that put John Eade, Boston’s commissioner of inspectional services, on the trail of scanner error. The shirt’s price tag read $11.99; a sale sign advertised everything on the rack for $5.99; the cash-register scanner charged him $6.99. In 1996, the first year that inspectors surveyed Boston’s scanners, 22.5 percent of products were mispriced; of that, almost twice as many mistakes were overcharges. It’s been estimated that Bostonians are overpaying nearly $16 million a year because of scanner errors.

Results were similar in Michigan. “When we began inspecting a few years ago, mistakes ran as high as twenty percent, and sometimes more. I was convinced that the scanners were scamming you unless you were careful,” says Frank J. Kelley, Michigan’s attorney general. “Negligence pays, so there’s no incentive to fix it.”

How Mistakes Are Made

So what exactly has to be fixed? Experts say the technology is not to blame. The bar-code system was created, in fact, to eliminate errors by removing the human element from the equation. Bar-code scanners misread just one in every 80,000 labels, according to David Collins, president of the Data Capture Institute, a research and consulting company for the bar-code industry in Plymouth, MA. “If products scan wrong for very long, it’s not the technology,” says Collins. “It’s bad store management.”

Developed some 30 years ago, bar codes and scanners were first installed in a store–Marsh Supermarket in Troy, OH–in 1974. Within years, scanners were ubiquitous in grocery stores–and so were pricing errors. While the grocery industry has spent millions of dollars to hire price-verification managers to ensure accuracy, the rest of the retail world–where scanners have become commonplace over the last five years–has yet to catch up in terms of goof-proofing their systems.

Here’s how bar codes and scanners work: Every item is assigned a unique product code made up of two strings of numbers representing details right down to size and color. The numbers in a bar code are known as a stock keeping unit (SKU). Each SKU is assigned a price, which is then entered into a computer. When a cashier passes a scanner over a bar code, a laser light reads it and, voila, the computerized SKU price appears on the cash-register terminal.

The first place gremlins can creep into the system is the headquarters of the national retail chains, where prices are set and then shipped to each store on a computer disk or transmitted via the Internet. A mistake made at headquarters is passed along to every store like a computer virus.

More often, mispricing errors seem to be part and parcel of today’s ultracompetitive retail climate. “Whenever we or one of our competitors runs an ad with a sale item, the other stores change their prices to match it,” says Dave Ritzman, director of customer service and education for Mercantile Stores West. But in the stores themselves, employees aren’t altering bar codes to keep up with all the pricing fluctuations–often because of understanding.

“The biggest complaint I get from store managers is that mistakes happen over and over because of a lack of manpower and a lack of commitment from the top,” says Ken Butcher, a weights and measures coordinator with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

In San Diego, retailers have blamed widespread errors on Christmas-shopping mayhem, when battalions of untrained temporary workers arrive just as special sale days send prices haywire. So, last February, after the holiday madness had subsided, Bill Stephans sent his inspectors back into the field. The result: Things were even worse, During the holidays, errors had been detected at roughly one third of the surveyed stores; now they were found at two thirds. And, once again, there were twice as many overcharges as undercharges. Even Stephans was shocked.

Making Shopping Safe

In an effort to get retailers to shape up, the Department of Commerce has set an industry goal of a 2 percent error rate–meaning that just two out of every 100 products purchased would scan incorrectly, including overpriced and underpriced items. But, in a business rife with pricing blunders, this is an ambitious goal. Even if it were met, a typical superchain would still incorrectly scan about 46,000 items each year.

Government officials have find that one way to motivate retailers to do a better job is by shining a light into the dark corner of overcharging. Michigan inspects stores every Christmas and then releases the results to the press. “We found the only way was to embarrass them publicly,” says attorney general Kelley. Since 1994, when the Yuletide reports began, the state’s scanner-error rote, which includes underpricing, has dropped from 20 percent to 13 percent. Michigan has also passed a consumer rebate law that awards overcharged customers between $1 and $5 (in addition to reimbursement of the amount overpaid).

Other states, among them Texas and Kansas, and some cities, such as Seattle, have started taking a tougher look at store scanners. Thanks to all this inspection, errant stores are being socked with steep fines. In 1994, Kmart, under California’s unfair business practices law, was hit with nearly $1 million in penalties and fines for persistent scanner violations. In recent years, Montgomery Ward has paid more than $150,000 in fines in Kansas alone, including a $90,000 settlement this past March.

Some retailers are voluntarily working hard to make changes. After several poor inspections, Mercantile Stores West shut down the scanners in its Jones department stores in Kansas for nearly 14 months so additional trained personnel could be put into place. “We didn’t want the consumer thinking we’re trying to manipulate the prices, and it’s up to them to catch us,” says Dave Ritzman. “We wanted the stores to take this seriously.”

Both Kmart and Wal-Mart now have rebate policies similar to the Michigan law, awarding $3 to overcharged consumers. Wal-Mart has also installed text scanners in its stores so customers can verify whether the on-the-shelf price matches the scanned price before they get to the checkout line. And Kmart has sent price-verification managers to high-volume stores with a tendency toward pricing problems. “We take the trust of the franchise that we have with our customers seriously,” says Mary Lorencz, Kmart’s director of media relations.

The combination of bad publicity, tougher regulation, anti stiff fines is starting to pay off. In communities that police their retailers, not only have error rates come down, but underpricing mistakes have begun to exceed overpricing ones. In 1997, a year after Boston’s first public survey, the 22.5 percent error rate sank to 4.7 percent; only 40 percent of the errors were overcharges.

Still, relatively few communities can afford to hire scanner inspectors. That’s why many states are watching to see what happens to a bill introduced by State Senator Quentin L. Kopp (I-CA). Under Kopp’s plan, retailers would pay a nominal annual fee to the county for their scanners, just as gasoline stations pay a fee for each pump. That money would then pay for additional government inspectors. Not surprisingly, California retailers are hotly contesting the bill. “They don’t want us to have the money to uncover just how much of a problem there is,” says San Diego County’s Stephans.

Meanwhile, customers must keep a sharp eye on the cash register and always check receipts against on-the-shelf prices and tags. While it might sound tiresome to hunt down scanner error at every turn, it’s the only way to make sure that what you sec on the shelf is what you pay at the cash register.

Vintage Values Still High For The Dollar

March 22nd, 2013 by admin No comments »

The fun of thrift shopping is hunting down the unbelievable find. You don’t have to be in a major city to do it: Goodwill and The Salvation Army each have about 1,575 stores nationwide in big and little towns, and there are countless hospital- and charity-run shops and local church bazaars. And if names like Prada, Donna Karan, and Ralph Lauren mean something to you, this is your chance to get them at a steal. “We get just about any label you can name,” says Dave Barringer, Goodwill’s director of brand management.

Some of The Salvation Army shops in the South have even been revamped to include upscale displays and jewelry counters for a department-store feel.

Here’s some of the loot GH staffers have found in the thrifts:

* Winter coats for $10, including a brown suede one.

* Soft wool cardigans from the 1950′s for $5 to $10.

* A red-and-white seersucker men’s sport jacket with patch pockets, $15, to pair with white jeans.

* Pretty purses, like a brown crocodile one ($20), a purple leather evening bag ($10), and a black velvet cone with a faux-diamond clasp ($8).

* Vintage jeans, including worn-in 501 Levi’s for $12.

* Colorful rhinestone/faux pearl/Austrian crystal necklaces from the 1940′s for $15.

TLC for Timeworn Clothes

Can’t stand that musty smell? Air it out; a fresh breeze can erase the scent of years in a stuffy attic. Hang your purchase in a shady spot (direct sunlight fades fabric) for a couple of days. Still a problem? Dry-clean it.

Is that stain permanent? “Probably,” says Textiles Director Kathleen Huddy. “You don’t know exactly what it is or how long it’s been them, and chances are, it may not come out.” So don’t buy something with an obvious stain.

How should you clean vintage treasures? Check the fiber-content label if there is one. (You won’t find a care label in garments made before the early 1970′s.) Cotton/cotton blends, polyester/polyester blends, and acrylic/acrylic blends are sure bets for washing. To be safe, launder in cold water on the delicate cycle with a mild detergent and tumble-dry on delicate. Dry-clean linen, silk, wool, and rayon garments sparingly (same goes for “mystery” fabrics that you can’t identify). Natural fibers and old rayons are very fragile and can be damaged if treated with chemicals too often.

Vintage On line

For more shopping leads, check out the Web:

* To track down specific designer items, from Emilio Pucci dresses to Gucci bags, and find out about selling designer couture, log on to http://www.decadesinc.com.

* To browse through photos of Victorian clothing (think white lace dresses with ruffles, walking suits, and more), visit http://www.victoriana.com.

* For a preview of vintage fashions, books, patterns, and collectibles, go to http://www.rustyzipper.com.

It’s amazing what kinds of clothes people discard or donate. A lot of thrift stores stock fashion’s creme de la creme–clothes from designs like Yves Saint Laurent, Galanos, Chanel, and Halston–and sell them for a fraction of the original price.

LABELS TO LOOK FOR

Christian Dior

This French couturier introduced the “new look” in the late 1940′s, marked by structured suits with cinched waists, snug bodices, sloping shoulders, and padded hips.

Anne Fogarty

This American designer popularized feminine, full-skirted, tiny-waisted dresses in the 1950′s, Empire dresses and long skirts with ruffled hems in the 1970′s.

Norman Norell

Born in Indiana (his father was a haberdasher), Norell was adored in the 1950′s and 1960′s for his precision tailoring, clean lines, and conservative elegance-sweaters with luxe skirts, wool-jersey chemises, and slinky sequined sheaths.

Arnold Scaasi

Named Arnold Isaacs, this Canadian-born designer reversed the family name on his label. Specialties: 1950′s evening gowns with coats, and knee-baring formal dresses. He still makes eveningwear to order for $10,000 and up.

The Art Of Getting The Right Suit

February 8th, 2013 by admin No comments »
Rhe nice thing about being fitted for a suit by an expert tailor is that you don’t have to bother sucking in your gut. “Just be yourself and relax,” says Mimmo Spano, a tailor with 27 years’ experience working at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. “He doesn’t want to change you, and he’s not going to tell you to lose weight. He will tell you whether you stand hunched or erect, or whether your shoulders are square or rounded. He’ll also let you know if one arm or leg is longer than the other, and he’ll adjust the suit accordingly. His job is to make your suit took great on the body you have, not the body you want.”

Spano’s number-one rule: Don’t try to fit yourself into a cut that isn’t right for your body shape. “You’ll know it’s wrong when the salesman says, `You look great. All the tailor will have to do is take it in here and let it out there and you’ll be in business,’” Spano says. You’ll also know that you’re in the wrong store.nicesuit

Here’s what Spano looks for when you try on a suit for him:

* If he sees horizontal ripples (A) in the fabric running down the center of your back, it means your shoulders are broader than the jacket will accommodate.

* Vertical lines running down the back mean that the jacket is meant for broader shoulders.

* If the jacket bunches at the waist on one side (B), one shoulder is higher than the other. The shoulder pads need adjusting.

* If the front of the jacket hangs lower than the back, you’re a “stooper.” The tailor should let some fabric out of the rear hem and take it up in the front (C).

* Spano will ask you whether the pants fit. “If the pants aren’t comfortable as soon as you try them on,” he says, “they never will be, no matter how much work the tailor does.” When buying a suit, he suggests, buy the trousers first, then the jacket. Trousers provide the least amount of leeway for alterations–there’s not a lot of extra fabric down there.

A perfect-fitting pair of trousers has flat, vertical pleats, a relatively level waistline (D) (this shows that the trousers aren’t giving you a wedgie), and rear pockets that don’t look too far apart or too close together.

* Spano will also make sure you have room for improvement (or backsliding). “The rule we use in tailoring is 10 pounds of weight gain on the body equals 1 inch added to the waist,” he says. That’s true for weight you lose, too. To make sure your trousers can expand and contract with you, have the tailor leave 1 1/2 inches of fabric on each side of the seam that runs down your backside. That gives you 3 inches (30 pounds) of room over the life of the suit. We of course do not endorse any attempt to use all that extra room.

A custom-made suit doesn’t necessarily make you cool (ask John Gotti), but it does make you look distinctive. “The man who buys a custom-made suit wants, very specifically, to look like no one else,” says Colby McWilliams, vice president of men’s fashion for Neiman Marcus. “He has created his signature style.”

What separates a custom suit from others is that you select each element of the suit–fabric, model, cut, buttons–and a unique pattern is created according to your specifications. The same is true to a lesser extent of made-to-measure suits, which adapt your selections for use with a manufacturer’s existing pattern. “Our book of options for custom-made jackets, trousers, and suits is 2 inches thick,” says McWilliams. “That doesn’t even include the nearly 1,000 fabrics from which to choose.”