Good Scary Movies to Watch this Halloween – 2014 Edition

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I wanted to take this opportunity to break up our normal regimen of posts devoted to serious personal finance topics and dive into something far more entertaining: Good scary movies to watch this Halloween! If you’re like me and always looking for some good, cheap fun around Halloween-time, then there is nothing better than renting a couple of really scary movies from the Redbox or Netflix that will leave you scared to go to bed. This is the third edition of my “good scary movies” post.  You can find my past horror movie picks from 2013 and 2012 at these links with reviews of some of my favorites like The Ring, Sinister, Insidious, Drag Me to Hell, Cabin in the Woods, Trick r’ Treat, Donnie Darko, etc. Here are my new additions for … [Read more...]

Improving the User Experience in Video Collaboration

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If you’re operating a business, you probably understand the importance of utilizing only the most functional equipment to help you operate efficiently and effectively. While video collaboration tools have been available for the past few decades, the technology has not always been reliable enough to execute goals in a timely fashion. Struggles equipment installation, low video quality, and incessant breaks in connection have stood in the way of productive collaboration across the video conferencing platform. Thankfully, the technology has advanced to take advantage of cloud computing software, allowing for more lightweight, web-based conferencing tools that allow users to conference without the interruptions and clunky interfaces of … [Read more...]

Want to Know How to Sell Things Online Fast?  Just Ask My Wife to Put It on Facebook!

How to Sell Things Online

This week, thanks to my wife, the MMD household made a ton of money on the side.  But this wasn’t our usual passive income or blog revenue. Nope.  This was different.  This week my wife completely schooled me in the art of how to sell things online fast – all by using Facebook! Who knew these days that’s all it would take.  I can still remember the days of the dark ages (i.e. about 20 years ago) when I used to go looking through the newspaper (remember those?) classified to find guitar gear. In more recent years I’ve really been a fan of using Internet sales sites like Ebay and CraigsList.  But even those sites were a huge improvement, they still had their own fundamental drawbacks. Fortunately things like high-speed service and … [Read more...]

Little Known Tips for Saving Money While Traveling

Saving Money While Traveling

Go to just about any travel website or blog and you'll find them.  There's tons of great money-saving advice for travel that are well-known such as searching for the lowest airfare at various online sources or packing light to avoid extra baggage fees.  However, there several useful tips for saving money while traveling still go unnoticed each year.  This is unfortunate because these small things could add up to big bucks in savings.  Here are just a few of them that you can start taking advantage of today.   Enroll Children in Frequent Flier Programs: For those who travel often with their children, enrolling them in a frequent flier program can help them build miles they can use at later dates. If you do not travel often with … [Read more...]

How Video Conferencing Technology Can Reduce Costs for Government Bodies

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Traveling for meetings has always been a budget killer in any field of business.  While most of the time this cost is absorbed by company itself, who pays for those expenses when the employee works for the government?  The tax-payers? Clearly there is a need to improve upon travel costs whereever possible.  That is where good video conferencing technology can be useful.  As a matter of fact, according to KBZ, a massive upward trend has already been observed in the usage of web conferencing and other digital communications. Since the inception of this technology, it has evolved drastically. This technology has been penetrating into diverse fields and has proved its importance in a very short span of time. It is amazing how video … [Read more...]

Follow the Money — How Qatar Has Become an Opportunity for Foreign Business 

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Qatar may be a smaller Gulf state in terms of geographic area and population, but it has the world's third largest natural gas reserve and is one of the richest nations per capita.  The Ministry of Energy and Industry is currently on track to support various new projects in the fields of pharmaceutical, minerals, chemical, environmental and other sectors as part of its Qatar National Vision 2030. When you combine its abundant natural resources with its economic diversification, a rapidly expanding economy and liberal legalization, it’s not surprising that foreign business might find Qatar something of a tasty location.   Tax benefits - The Lowdown: Tax benefits (everyone loves a tax benefit!) are one of the most attractive … [Read more...]

Combating Fraudulent Activity in the Charity Sector

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Fraud is damaging when it affects any business.  But arguably it is the most heinous when there is fraudulent activity in the charity sector. In June 2013 The National Fraud Authority (NFA) published its ‘Annual fraud indicator’ report which estimated that fraud cost UK charities a staggering £147.3m in the year to March 2012. Aside from the immediate financial effects of fraud, there can be far-reaching consequences for charities that fall victim to fraudsters. For example reputational damage following fraudulent activity can be particularly costly. Frustration can quickly take hold among the donating public, who feel aggrieved when given reason to suspect their donations, pledged in good faith, may have been misused. In this … [Read more...]

Where to Turn for Online Legal Help

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As technology continues to tighten its grip on society, consumers are now looking for online alternatives to traditional situations. Consumers can now shop online, set up doctor’s appointments online and even look into legal matters without ever having to leave the comfort of home.  However, with more options becoming available as each day passes it may be difficult to determine exactly which provider is the best fit for your needs. In terms of legal needs, consumers have a growing list of options available to them. The long standing site LegalZoom Versus competitors such as LegalGuru and law guru just to name a few. When looking through their options, consumers will have many areas to consider. Three of the most important for many … [Read more...]