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How Does QuickBooks Hosting Help To Save Your Enterprise Resources and Money?



From Purchase orders, receipts, bills, contracts, and invoices, a business generate a large amount of paperwork to complete the day-to-day transactions and business activities. Without organizing record-keeping activities, it becomes very problematic to make informed decisions, that may lead to detrimental results. Record keeping is time-taking and multifaceted activity and therefore to responsibly and effectively complete the process, it is necessary to understand how, where, in what order you are going to store and track your paperwork.

So, before making any decisions to solve your paperwork related tasks, it is quintessential to ask a few questions such as, how do you keep track of paperwork? What percentage of your files and documents need to be secure? How much time do you spend managing your documents?

Perhaps, you might be worried by the time and energy you spend maintaining and keeping documentary records timely and securely. So, how you can organize your documents effectively without wasting your time, efforts and money? Taking your accounting and tax software to the cloud provides flexibility with easy to use self-serving computing resources that relieves the need for hiring IT personnel.

The cloud provides many benefits to its users, but for the sake of brevity here we have mentioned 4 important benefits of the cloud:

Pay-As-You-Go Plans

Unlike in-house infrastructure and hardware hosting provides ease of use by providing flexible plans i.e. one can easily reduce or increase the hosting plan according to the current business needs. For instance, you deal with seasonal goods and in peak season your demand increases considerably and to effectively meet the demand you can easily increase the current bandwidth and thereafter can adjust accordingly. Therefore, you no longer have to bear extra costs of infrastructure and other handling and managing costs. Moreover, with the cloud, you get fast and regular automatic backups of your critical at more than one data center, which enhances the data security by eliminating risks from all types of mis happenings.

Bank-Level Security

Most of the cloud vendors provide industry-standard IT practices. Updated antivirus, firewalls and other crucial security measures make your data highly secured from various internal and external data risks. On top of that, your confidential business files are regularly backed up to make sure that your business files remain protected and safe. With the QuickBooks Cloud hosting, employees can access the business files according to their authority and therefore your critical data becomes more safe and secure.

Free Your Staff And Resources

Hiring a full-fledged IT support to take care of technical issues could cost you an arm and a leg. However, by hosting your software to the cloud you get free access to the IT team as and when you need the help. The cloud frees up your resources and money that you can invest in your core business activity. Moreover, you no longer have to bear the pain to carry thick business files to finalize business deals and to maintain and find them manually. You can readily access and maintain your documents online from anywhere in the world with the help of the required credentials of the cloud and a smart device.

Maintain Business Continuity

To maintain trust among the clients and customers it is essential to understand the significance of business continuity. Most of the cloud vendor such as Sagenext provides 99.99% guaranteed uptime to wipe out any type of visible chances of interruption. The cloud ensures seamless access to the data and business files which enhances business productivity and efficiency. Furthermore, with QuickBooks hosting you get a robust disaster recovery system without incurring any extra cost. With the cloud, your data recovery even in case of drastic disasters will be lightning-fast and safe.

Final Note

The cloud is a simple and effective way to add more capabilities to your existing business. With the cloud, you get mobility, efficiency, security, and a seamless system to manage your documents online. Simply, connect with an experienced hosting provider to introduce the desired speed and cost-effectiveness in your business.

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Steel Post Retaining Wall Construction Tips




Perhaps the cheapest effective retaining wall solution is using steel universal column posts with treated timber sleepers placed between the steel posts. Such a wall is strong and if the sleepers to warp or rot, they can be easily replaced.

That said, such a wall, if constructed poorly, can be a horrible eye-sore. To avoid this, below are some tips on making sure your retaining wall is both effective and attractive.

Base and Height of Wall

First thing to consider is determining your base height and top of wall height. If your wall is near to your house, then you’ll want the base of the wall to be at least 1 inch below the eventual path level beside your house, such that your path or paved area can slope away from your house. Once this point is determined, the wall height can be estimated. It’s most convenient to determine wall heights in 200mm (approx 8 inch) levels, as this is the typical sleeper height.

Distance Between Posts (Centers)

Next determine the end points of the wall. Let’s say it’s 13.6 meters from one corner to the other. Use some math to work our how many bays would be required to get a post separation between 1.1 and 1.5 meters. In this case, 10 bays at 1.36m each would be a good solution. The wider the bay, the more warping of sleepers will be apparent in the future. Anything beyond 1.8m is risky as it can require replacing warped sleepers within a few months.

Hole Depth & Diameter

Next is hole depth and diameter. The hole should be at least as deep as the height of the steel that is above ground level. Hence, a 600mm high wall needs holes at least 600mm deep. The steel column should go down into the concrete about 90% of the depth of the hole. When the height is only 200mm, it’s best to make the hole at least 350mm. In weak sandy soils, you’ll need to go beyond these recommendations, while in hard stable ground, such as drilled rock, you can get away with lower depths. With diameter, 350mm holes should suffice for most walls under 1 meter if the ground is quite firm. Increase the diameter to 450mm and beyond in soft soils.

Getting a Straight Wall

The trick to this is using string-lines between star posts that are hammered into the ground at each end of the wall. One string line will mark the top front of the wall. This should be level in most cases. If you don’t have professional leveling tools, a good trick is to place an eye behind the string line, and look through it to the brickwork of a house or a level roof gutter line and adjust the string line until it is parallel to that line. If this isn’t available, get a small string hanging level and hand it in the middle of the line. You can measure from the house outside wall to each end of the string line to make sure your wall is parallel to the house too.

The top string line needs to be very tight to avoid sagging. Another string line runs about 6 inches above the base of the post. A common practice is to make the lower string line about 10 mm out from the top string line for each meter of height. This means the wall will lean back slightly into the soil it will retain. Nothing looks worse than a wall than leans forward, so this helps to prevent that happening should there be a little movement, or should you get one of your steel posts in at a slightly different angle to the others.

Dropping the Steel Posts into the Concrete

This is the real art of making a nice retaining wall and I’m about to share a trade secret with you that can save a lot of hard effort, bashing and stress which results when a larger steel post is sitting in the wrong position while the concrete is hardening.

The first tip is to place the steel post in the hole before the concrete is poured (for 800mm and above heights), make sure it is sitting in a position which lines up to the two string lines. As the concrete is put into the hole, have someone push down on the steel post, to make sure the base doesn’t shift position too much.

Once the concrete fills the hole, lift the post up to a height about 6 inches above the top string line. If the concrete is viscous enough, a post should usually sit without sinking under its own weight when 6 inches above its finishing height. While the post is in this position, observe its angle relative to the 2 string lines. If the base is in too far, then push the top of the steel post away from the string line at an angle and then wiggle it to make it lower into the concrete at an angle. This moves the base inward compared to where it was. After lowering it on an angle, pull the post back toward the string line to see if the base and top are now in line with the post. If the base is now too close to the lower string line compared to the top string line, you need to do the opposite. Life the post above the string line, then pull it toward the string line a few inches and wiggle it down at this angle. If the concrete is quite firm, you may need to use a hammer and a wood block to protect the steel.

With a little practice, you’ll get the hang of moving the base in and out so that the post angle is within a mm of the bottom string line while exactly on the top string line. All this can be done without clamps or support rods. With smaller posts, just drop them into the concrete and use the same method of angling the post to move the base to the right position relative to the string lines.

You can see some of the walls I’ve built using this technique at my website. I hope these tips will help some of you to build a professional looking retaining wall, without the stress of trying to shift the base of your posts with crow bars or continual trial and error of replacing the entire post in the concrete for each try.

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The Pros and Cons of Owning a Pet Lovebird




Why You Should or Shouldn’t Own a Pet Lovebird

Ever wondered why Lovebirds are so named – it’s because they are monogamous by nature and spend hours perched next to their partner; true love at its best. Lovebirds are birds with a ‘personality’ and if you are considering buying one, your comparable option would most probably be a Parrot. This is because Parrots and Lovebirds are similar looking. However, there are some stark differences that you should keep in mind before making the final choice.

The brightly colored Lovebirds look like mini parrots and are easier to keep than most other birds. Their smaller size is more than compensated by their curiosity and energy levels. They relish toys and would peck enthusiastically at any bells or blocks kept in their cage (hanging or on the floor); they have hard beaks so metal or wood toys would last longest.

Lovebirds don’t talk. They are not silent birds but if you are looking for a bird to mimic your sounds, you are probably better off with a Parrot (though I must warn against getting a Parrot solely on hopes that it would mimic sounds). Pet Lovebirds chirp to their partner and also to their owners. On rare occasions this communication has been found to be a melodious tune, but mostly it’s a high-pitched chatter.

While they are lovey-dovey with their partner, they are not social with other birds. If you have a cage with birds of other species, you must be careful not to place your pet Lovebird in it. They will fight aggressively with the other birds and in some cases this can be fatal. Having said that, Lovebirds are a great pet to have – they work as effective stress busters and can add bundles of happiness to your life in many ways. Just watching them sitting next to each other and chirping to each other brings a smile to the most worried of faces.

But sitting is not all they do. A pet Lovebird will love to play around their cage and even though they don’t need a big cage, they will probably be happier with the extra space to play in, as they are extremely playful and will hang on swings and peck on toys if given the chance.

True to their name Lovebirds are not only loyal to their mate but also establish a strong bond with their owners and can be taught a few tricks. Although a pet Lovebird may take some time to form a bond with the owner, once they do, they will playfully sit on your finger and if trained, they can fly around the room without flying off. I know of an owner who has taught his bird to push a pea into a net every single time!

In summary, if you are thinking of getting a pet Lovebird you should know that while they are small, bright and colorful they need commitment from the owner. While some birds only need to be fed, these pets need attention. But once they form the special bond with you, they can be an entertaining pet for a long time – their lifespan is about 20 years!

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Sleep and ADHD – 10 Biological Tips For Consistent ADHD Recovery




These 10 Tips Provide Specific Treatment Considerations for Any ADHD Symptoms Associated with Sleep Disturbance. Untreated each of these issues aggravates symptoms of ADHD.

1. Measure TAH: Evaluate the Onset of Sleep, and the Duration in Total Average Hours -TAH. Sleep, according to circadian rhythm research, is best begun before midnight, and should last, according to research, 8.25 TAH. Less than 7 TAH should always be systematically addressed, at any age. Consistent length of unbroken sleep is important, and better than napping to correct the next day.

2. Assess Sleep Levels – Level 1: Falling asleep, Level 2: Staying asleep, Level 3: Waking too early in the AM and being unable to fall back asleep. Each level suggests different clinical and treatment considerations. Some may claim no problems with either of these first two points, but may have problems with this next measurement.

3. Assess Overall Sleep Architecture: Sufficiently deep sleep, with feeling of adequate rest in the AM. Levels of perpetual dreaming, and levels of physical sleep activity often demonstrate significant problems.

4. Assess Lifetime Duration of Sleep Problems: Many live for years with sleep issues and only in middle age begin to show the significant wear. Just because someone has previously done well with 4 hr of sleep and naps doesn’t help the defragmentation process that takes place in a 8 hr sleep at night. Sleep treatment for these challenges usually results in excessive sleep for days to weeks until the body sets a new calibration.

5. Assess for Sleep Apnea: So many snore or have significant airway problems. SPECT brain imaging studies often show specific areas of brain hypofunction secondary to sleep apnea, and sleep apnea, with decrease of brain oxygen, will always aggravated ADHD. Sleep apnea issues are correctable with specific interventions, and require sleep lab assessment.

6. Untreated ADHD or other Comorbid Psychiatric Problems: The most frequent cause of Level 1 sleep issues is untreated ADHD and/or depression associated with worry and prefrontal cortical dysregulation. Comorbid major depression, mood disorder, and other psychiatric problems may also interfere with all three levels of sleep.

7. Excessively Treated ADHD: If stimulant [or other psychiatric] medications are adjusted inappropriately high, and duration of effectiveness of the stimulant medications is not properly adjusted, medications will interfere with sleep on many levels. Paradoxically, when stimulant medications are well adjusted, and comorbid depression is corrected, often sleep medications are not necessary. Always dose psychiatric medications according to the principles of the Therapeutic Window noted in my other articles here.

8. Assess for Hormone Dysregulation: Estrogen Dominance will significantly effect sleep patterns, and is always associated with other hormone related difficulties that need specific correction independently of the ADHD work. Other hormone dysregulations can also occur, such as increased cortisol with stress or adrenal dysfunction, which will also affect sleep. ADHD medications do not correct hormone imbalances.

9. Assess for Medical/Metabolic Dysregulation: Many medical conditions will significantly affect sleep patterns. Restless Legs Syndrome, for example, is often associated with simple magnesium deficiency. A variety of nutritional issues can significantly alter sleep patterns and, again, cannot be treated by ADHD medications successfully.

10. Assess Sleep Hygiene: Watching television and eating in the bed, using the bed for stimulating activities will break the association of bed with sleep. If bed is for regular play, then where and when can sleep take place?

Sleep challenges with ADHD appear at first as almost inconsequential, with apparently little relevance for either recovery process. However, upon careful review, co-occurring sleep and ADHD issues can complete a toxic, impenetrable cycle of deterioration that requires simultaneous intervention.

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