Whether you’re looking to fit a new home, replace the pipes in your old one, or just have your routine maintenance performed, getting down to the business of hiring a plumber is going to cost you time and energy. The alternative is a shot in the dark with your phonebook, hoping that the first call you make will solve the problem at hand. If you’re in an emergency situation, the urge to panic may be overwhelming. Certain individuals might be happy to take advantage of that state. This is why it is important to form a relationship with a plumbing company ahead of time, before the problem arises and know exactly what services they provide. Whether you’re on top of the situation, or in desperate need of assistance, these are five of the best questions to ask when calling up your local plumber.

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In the early days of personal computers, the Macintosh with its revolutionary point-and-click, desktop metaphor and Graphical User Interface (GUI) was marketed as the easy-to-use alternative to the blinking cursor of the PC’s Command Line Interface (CLI). Because of a lack of programs (and programmers), the Mac was considered underpowered, overpriced and, frankly, a lot less macho than the beige boxes that, in short order, fell under the sway of two main chipmakers, Intel and AMD.

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For most families, children up until a certain age are covered under their parents’ health insurance plans. However, there have been numerous cases owing to chronic diseases and extenuating circumstance where health insurance companies have excluded children from their parents’ policies. Recent government health care reforms ban health insurance companies from doing this in the future and will be instituting a number of policies to ensure that children of all ages have access to adequate medical care. To find out more about health insurance for your children, it’s helpful to look at the different ways in which children are covered under the various health care programs.

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It is amazing how digital technology has changed the world in the last couple of decades. One of the major paradigm shifts in technology, of course, was the transition from analog devices (based on electromagnetic and electromechanical processes) to digital ones (based on, essentially, ones and zeroes). When all forms of data, from voice and sound to text and images, can be reduced to one common format, or a set of formats that can be handled in the same way, they are easier to handle, faster to transmit, simpler to work with and straightforward to store. The reduction of media to these common formats is a large part of what we call the new communications paradigm, and online faxing is a normal part of communications convergence such as we are seeing today.

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New Orleans is the largest city/metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. It has a population of over 1.2M, the 46th largest in the USA. It is named after Philippe d’Orleans, Duke of Orleans, Regent of France. It is known for its distinct French Creole architecture, as well as its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage. New Orleans is famous for its cuisine, jazz music and its annual celebration, Mardi Gras.

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To the uninitiated, shipping from China looks like a complicated, disorganized process. There are political, legal and cultural factors that, in fact, do complicate matters, but when you select the right China-based partners you can rely on their expertise. What you need to know about shipping cargo from China involves government regulations in China and the destination country, as well as freight forwarding companies and various logistical matters. As in any other specialized operation, you should stick with your core activity and get the right people to help you navigate through the entire process.

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A basic rule of business is to know what your resources are, and to use them in the most effective manner. This applies to finances, operations, human resources and, as you might have guessed from the title of this article, marketing and advertising, too. When small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) start formulating marketing and advertising plans, it is important to look at every resource, every communications channel, every possible outlet and every imaginable approach. In this day and age, it is a whole lot more involved than putting an ad in the local paper or buying airtime on the radio or TV. Although this article will touch on some marketing terms and concepts, it is really meant to spur some creative thinking on your part and show you how your online fax account can be a potent addition to your plan.

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