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The power of the fine art of bullshit!

When bullshit becomes an art there is no telling what can be achieved with mere words. Words have the power to change your needs and desires, words can make or break a powerful business, words controls technological advances, and words determine if macroeconomic models works or fails. Words are the single most important factor that regulates the power of a nation and between nations.

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Compare building materials

We will try to give you an insight of the differences between using different building materials for your renovation needs!

Floors:

High pressure laminated floors are a popular choice which is both durable and comes in many variations.
Durability:                Resistant to accidental damages
Difficulty to mount: Simple
DIY: With some experience
Required mounting surface: Wood, concrete
Ceramic tiles offer nice surfaces that are simple to keep clean and are populare choices for many rooms in the house<.br>
Durability:                Prone to damages by hard objects
Difficulty to mount: Above average
DIY: Possible, but may achieve better
result using professionals
Required mounting surface: Wood, concrete
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Vinyl floors today can be an imitation of almost any other surface, with a slightly softer surface that will be moist resistant. Can be used in all types of rooms.
Durability:                Prone to damages by hard and sharp objects
Difficulty to mount: Average
DIY: Manageable, preferably handled by 2 people
Required mounting surface: Any
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Click vinyl floors are easily mountable and can be an imitation of almost any other surface, with a slightly softer surface that will be moist resistant. Can be used in all types of rooms.
Durability:                Prone to damages by hard and sharp objects
Difficulty to mount: Easy
DIY: Fairly easy
Required mounting surface: Any
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Click wood flooring is a real wood floor that is easy to mount. You can choose different kinds of wood. For example pine is quite soft and damages easily, while oak is hard and can withstand pressure.
Durability:                Prone to damages by hard and sharp objects
Difficulty to mount: Easy
DIY: Fairly easy
Required mounting surface: Any
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Wood plank floors can be an exclusive choice made of different types of wood.
Durability:                Prone to damages by hard and sharp objects
Difficulty to mount: Average
DIY: Requires some know-how
Required mounting surface: Wood framework

Compare cloud services

Here we will present cloud providers and attempt to give you a quick reference to each!

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Rackspace offers cloud services with an impressive support to help you get started who started as a hosting company, but moved into cloud solutions som years back. They offer all cloud services :
Link:                  https://www.rackspace.com/
Type of provider: Cloud services
Services: Compute power, Storage, databases,
Application services and more
OS for servers: Windows, Linux
Data center locations: Sites in North America, Europe, UK, Benelux, Nordics,
Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Middle East
Payment method: Pay-as-you-go, monthly charge
App: Monitor, start, stop, create
Amazon Web Services is one of the largest suppliers of cloud services and they offer all services from Compute power, Storage, databases to Application services. All you need to build a cloud IT system is available for your convenience :
Link:                  https://www.aws.com/
Type of provider: Cloud services
Services: Compute power, Storage, databases,
Application services and more
OS for servers: Windows, Linux
Data center locations: US (5 sites), Europe (5 sites), Asia (5 sites),
South America and Canda
Payment method: Pay-as-you-go, Reserve, monthly charge
App: Monitor, start, stop, create
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Azure is the cloud services offered by Microsoft. Here you can find services for Compute power, Storage, databases, Application services and more, which can provide all you need for your IT systems :
Link:                  https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/
Type of provider: Cloud services
Services: Compute power, Storage, databases,
Application services and more
OS for servers: Windows, Linux
Data center locations: Large amount of sites in US, Europe, Asia,
Also sites in South America, Africa, Australia and Canda
Payment method: Pay-as-you-go
App: Monitor, start, stop
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Oracle offers cloud services for your cloud needs :
Link:                  https://cloud.oracle.com/home
Type of provider: Cloud services
Services: Compute power, Storage, databases,
Application services and more
OS for servers: Oracle Linux
Data center locations: Sites in US, Canada, South America, UK, Europe,
Saudi Arabia, Asia, Australia
Payment method: Pay-as-you-go, monthly charge, Bring your own license
App: None for cloud management as far as we can tell

Home by the sea – view of a city office wall

The proud owner of a home by the sea. It brings with it peace and tranquility, and days, months and years of peace and quiet. The perfect place to come home to when your work takes you 150 miles away for a weekly commute to spend every weekday and many nights by an office desk staring into an office wall. Sounds perfect?

The home by the sea

Ever since I first heard the song “Home by the Sea” by Phil Collins in the early 80s, I dreamed of actually having such a home to come home to. Sunshine, warm summer days on the beach, long days in the boat, soaking in the sounds of the ocean and watching the seagulls fly by close to the boat. I never considered that it could become a reality, but luck would have it that we came across an old house by the sea and realized it was within reach. We sold our house and moved to this old house from the turn of the 19th century, and looked up at the solid, but slightly torn and battled house that had taken a beating from several years of rough weather.

We had no way of knowing how beaten the house really was, but we took a chance and jumped into becoming the owners of a house where practically everything needed to be replaced. We knew we were looking at years of renovation and rebuilding but went at it with all our strength and patience. Little by little a new room was renewed and weekends were filled with construction work and painting.The neighborhood was quiet and there were a lot of possibilities to take in the calm and enjoy the beautiful view. But fixing an old house did not come for free. Money slipped out of our pockets and wallets faster than we could count them.

Working day and night in the city

Back in the city were my work is, about 150 miles away from the home by the sea, I don’t feel the same excitement staring into an office wall all day and all week just dreaming of getting back home to the peace, quiet and the sound of the waves striking the beach. Unfortunately, financing expensive renovations requires extra work hours. The office wall turns into the wall on the inside of a crummy city apartment for lots and lots of overtime work.More and more work, less and less tranquility and the sound of the beach. The city noise replaces all the peace and quiet and eventually I cannot get home every weekend anymore to be able to pay for all the renovations.

Is this what I bought? A home by the sea which actually only gives me the view of an office wall painted in white and the view of the backyard from the city apartment building? Things doesn’t always turn out the way we think.

Is it worth it for a home by the sea

Is it worth it for a home by the sea? The work day and night in the city from an office desk or from the desk in the city apartment? I come home after an 80 hour work week, the sun is shining. It is a beautiful day. I can smell newly cut grass from the neighbor’s lawnmower that he just put back in the garage after cutting the grass. And I just picked up a nice, cold beer from the fridge as I sat down at the terrace I built two years back from scratch with a perfect view over the ocean. This isn’t wrong. After the first sip of the beer I feel the tranquility spreading throughout my body. Yes. It is worth it. Even though I had to learn how to do construction work, plumbing, electrical work, and much, much more. It is worth it.

All the hours staring at the office wall and the city apartment building’s back yard is gone with the first sip of the beer. I know I need to lay a new floor in the living room this weekend, but that doesn’t compute at the moment. I close my eyes and hear the sound of the waves and the seagulls.

Peace, tranquility and seagulls squawking

There are only a few things in my mind at the moment; peace, tranquility and seagulls squawking. This moment makes every piece of any puzzle fall into place.  There is nothing like living by the sea. A two-day weekend at home makes up for all the hours of generating enough to pay for all the work that needs to be done. We manage to enjoy the hours we use to fix the house and to organize the garden and the roses inherited from the previous owners who lived here their whole life before the last breath of air left their lungs.

Written by

Steve
Published 2016-04-09-12:30

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