Several companies are trying to take down the Bloomberg Terminal

The well-known Wall Street tool is facing increasing competition. 

Even if you’re at the top of the game, competition will knock you off the pedestal if you don’t constantly innovate. 

http://fortune.com/2015/09/12/bloomberg-terminal/

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How To Store Your Money Overseas

Useful tips about storing money overseas.

The Exchange Room

It’s your first time living by yourself overseas. You no longer have the safety net of a credit card you understand, an ATM in your language; you can’t even ask your parents for a bit of pocket money! If banks, finances and economics have always made you want to tear your hair out, you’ve come to the right place. So what is the best way to store your money overseas for you?

Cash

This is probably the simplest method of bringing your funds over to a new country; cold, hard cash. If the exchange rates are good in your country (and they usually are, since the currency you want to sell is typically the strongest in that country) you can lock in that exchange rate without worrying about it dropping. Otherwise, you can also get good exchange rates by bringing your native currency overseas, if that country has strong business…

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More from Rottnest Island with Zeb and Eider Duck

Great photo guide to Rottnest Island.

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Rottnest Island was discovered by the Dutch in 1696.   The island was named Rottenest which means rat’s nest.   They believed the island to be inhabited by large rats.   However, they were not rats but quokkas.

Quokka Quokka

Quokkas are marsupials; smaller relatives of the wallaby.   In 1838 Rottnest settlement was established as a prison for the Aborigines from the mainland.

Former prison Former prison

Of course, the prison no longer exists, but you can wander around the convict built buildings,  such as the Quod.    In the Quod, prison cells have been converted into hotel rooms.   The Lomas Cottage has a large garden area.

Lomas House for warden. Often called Buckingham Palace Lomas House for warden. Often called Buckingham Palace

It was nicknamed Buckingham Palace during the prison days, as the warden eventually lived here.    The prison guard’s homes are still here, with a different purpose today.

Former guard housing. Now shops Former guard housing.   Now shops

Walking among…

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KidsKanban

Kanban for my kids

Had to reblog this post by Dana. Great idea to apply a project management tool to real life.

A bit about the simple yet powerful tool Kanban. It was invented by a Taiichi Ohno, an industrial engineer at Toyota. All you need is a board and post-it notes and you can move tasks from one column (stage) to the next as they are completed.

If you prefer this tool in the form of a free app then Trello is great for personal use.

Ramblings of a Project Manager

I am a working mom of three wonderful kids, but seriously getting three kids up, ready, fed and out the door can be an epic challenge every single day.   If you have kids like mine they never seen to remember the tasks that need to be done everyday. The same tasks never change but they can’t seem to focus on them and they can’t seem to get any of them done with out me hounding them for status….are you done yet, are you done yet, are you done yet.   All I can think each morning is please make the pain of this stop.

Each weekend the kids also have their chores that they are responsible for completing.  I use to create little todo lists for each of them and then they would cross off the tasks as they completed them.  This worked well for the weekend chores but not so well for creating…

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Scratching is the new coloring! Scratch art is the up and coming trendiest hobby in South Korea

Another great trend to try if you need to de-stress.

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We commonly associate coloring books with children, but some months ago, coloring books designed for adults were all the rage in many countries, including Japan. Grown-up coloring books have been around for some time, but the sudden trend triggered off a new supply-and-demand chain reaction, filling the market with more coloring books for adults than ever.

However, in recent months, a somewhat similar yet new hobby has been silently enchanting adults in Korea with its simplistic beauty. Known as “Scratch Night View”, these scratch-off art projects promise breathtaking night views upon completion, and all you have to do is scratch the special board in the specified areas to unveil the beauty hidden in the darkness!

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Apple Just Took a Swipe at Google With This New Feature

Looks like online ads are not the way to go to promote your business. There needs to be subtler strategy.

TIME

Apple is setting itself up for a confrontation with Google over its talked-about ad blocking feature that is set to be introduced in its latest mobile operating system.

Apple’s latest iOS 9 will allow third-party developers to introduce apps that will enable ad blocking on Safari, its mobile browser. If millions of Apple’s mobile users utilize this for a faster browsing experience, the move could disrupt a growing $70 billion mobile-marketing business, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

This cripples revenue for publishers and tech firms that are already facing losses from present-day ad blocking. A study by Adobe and PageFair shows ad-blocking extensions in desktop web browsers result in $22 billion in lost revenue to the websites that host ads.

Any form of ad blocking on mobile devices will hit Google especially hard. A Goldman Sachs report estimated that the company earned around $12 billion…

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