Process Serving: Delivering Court Papers to Other Parties

Why Is Process Serving Important?

Process serving is a process whereby copies of court documents are delivered in a formal way to all parties involved in a case. This process is intended to not only inform all the parties of the existence of the case but also all the actions that have been taken in the case. Without this, no case can move forward.

Can’t I Do This Myself?

Unfortunately, no. No court will allow parties involved to serve documents in their own case. Depending on where you are from, you may have several options for having your papers served. The three most common are:

  1. A registered process server 
  2. An attorney
  3. An individual over the age of 18 who is not a party in your case

Choosing among these three options will depend on your specific situation. To help you decide, we’ve put together a list of pros and cons for each of these:

1. Registered Process Servers

A registered process server is a person who is responsible for delivering legal to all parties involved.

The Pros of Getting a Registered Process Server

  1. Even though their fees vary and depend on the difficulty of the task and the distance they have to travel, their fees are generally reasonable.
  2. You will be given a ‘Proof of Service’ form that has been filled by the server. This form will have to be kept for filing purposes. The great thing about working with a registered process server is that you can trust them to correctly fill out the form for you.
  3. Their service is recognized and is considered to be valid. Even if a party decides to contest their service, they will have to prove that it’s not valid.
  4. Not only do they know the types of documents that have to be served, but they also know how to locate hard-to-find people.
  5. They tend to be more flexible and would be willing to perform the service on odd days and outside of business hours.

The Pros of Getting a Registered Process Server

The biggest con has to be not being able to use an Order on Application for Fee Waiver of Court Fees and Costs from the court to pay your fee.

2. An Attorney

If you are being represented by an attorney, on the other hand, they will typically ensure that all documents are served properly. They will either have a staff member serve the documents, or choose to hire a process server to handle the delivery.

The Pros of Letting the Attorney Choose the Method of Delivery

Letting your attorney choose means you don’t have to worry about anything. With their experience, you can rely on them to determine the best way to serve documents.

The Cons of Letting the Attorney Choose the Method of Delivery

The only con might be the fees. They will generally be a bit steeper than the fees a registered process server will charge you.

3. A Third Party

Depending on what country and state you live, you may leave the delivery of documents to someone who is not a party to the action. The person you trust with this must be an adult. In short, they can handle serving documents if they are not a named party to the case and are above 18 years old. So, family members, spouses and even friends could do this.

The Pros of Leaving Documents Serving to People You Know

  1. Since you know the person and they are someone close to you, you most likely won’t have to pay them. Unless agreed otherwise, there will be no charge for service.
  2. If the other party named to the case is a family member, you can rest assured that these documents will reach the right destination.
  3. They will typically be more flexible and would be more willing to serve documents after working hours or on weekends.

The Cons of Leaving Documents Serving to People You Know

  1. Since the person responsible for serving the documents have no experience in this, you will have to ensure you know the process from start to finish. This includes knowing how to draft a proper Proof of Service Forms for filing purposes.
  2. They will usually not understand nor recognize the documents that they are serving. S, you are leaving important documents in the hands of someone who has no idea how important these documents are.
  3. Unlike process servers who are registered, your family member’s service is more likely to be challenged. Considering they know relatively little about what they are doing, there are chances that their services are not valid.

I Chose to Have Someone I Know Deliver the Documents: Where Can They Serve the Documents?

There are no restrictions when it comes to location. From their home to their place of work, it doesn’t matter where the documents are served as long as they are served.

Choosing Your Bathroom Renovations in Miami

Summary:

What are the points to consider for a bathroom plan?

Bathroom plan: the elements to be integrated

Bathroom plan: don’t forget about electrical safety

What is the optimal arrangement of the elements on a bathroom plan?

Drawing a bathroom plan is not always easy. There are many points to take into account so that the room becomes both practical and aesthetically pleasing, functional and comfortable at the same time. In this post, you will discover the keys to make your thinking easier and get the bathroom that suits you.

What are the points to take into account for a bathroom plan?

There are some essential criteria that will dictate the layout of this room.

Locate the water drains and inlets. If your project is new construction on one level, you have fewer constraints. Its location in the house will be done according to practical criteria. The room should be in the night zone of your house, next to the bedrooms, to maintain a certain intimacy and avoid going back and forth throughout the house.

If your project has one floor, the bathroom on the upper level should be located above a bathroom on the lower level (kitchen, bathroom, toilet) so that it can easily be connected to the existing water supply and drainage systems.

Under renovation

If your project is a renovation, its positioning in the house will be dictated by the existing situation and in particular the different possible points of connection to the drain and the hot and cold water supply: old kitchen or old bathroom, or not far from one of these two rooms.

Be careful, however, if your future bathroom includes toilets, its positioning will be less free, and must be located close to the evacuation dedicated to toilets. (called black water or black water, and of larger diameter).

Each toilet must join the drains with a minimum slope of 1 to 2 cm per meter. This rule will allow you to see how far you can move away from existing drains. However, there are solutions to gain a few centimeters: the creation of a raised platform, for example.

Bathroom surface area

It all depends on the role of the bathroom.

It is the family bathroom, the only one in the house. In this case, it must be able to accommodate two basins, a bathtub, a shower: count a minimum of 5 to 6 m².

It is a bathroom used by children and another bathroom exists in the dwelling. This one can be a minimum of 3 to 4 m².

It is a secondary shower room or in a parental suite. The room can be a minimum of 2 m².

Distances of clearance

You will find below the more or less standard dimensions of the sanitary facilities, but another dimensional criterion is to be taken into account: the clearance distances, i.e. the space left free in front of the sanitary facilities to move around and access the various functions.

To do this, do not hesitate to put yourself in a situation.

Apart from the standards for disabled people, there are no predefined rules. Everything depends on your corpulence, on the presence or not of swinging doors requiring a sufficient distance, and on the general layout of the room. Allow a minimum of 60 cm of clearance in front of a vanity top, for example.

Bathroom plan: the elements to be integrated

List and prioritize your desires and needs. Take the time to analyze your habits or the things you have been missing until now.

  • Would you rather take a bath or a shower? Both?
  • One or two basins?
  • Should the toilet be in the room?
  • Should the bathroom also be used as a laundry room?
  • Will it be used by several people at the same time?
  • Do you need a lot of storage space?
  • What is your heating system?

The bathtub

There are many different styles and sizes of bathtubs. From the space-saving sabot bathtub, which is a little outdated, to the corner bathtub for chromotherapy, let’s see the variety of choices available to you.

Type of installation: wall or isolated? Built-in or free-standing?

Shape: Rectangular/corner bath / asymmetrical cut-away bath (to meet certain space or passage constraints)?

Dimensions: 70 to 90 cm wide and 140 to 190 cm long for the straight bathtub, 115 × 115 to 160 × 160 cm for the corner bathtub.

The shower

For the shower, the choice of size is based on the type of shower desired: with a shower tray or a tiled shower, often similar to a walk-in shower.

Italian shower: this type of shower is minimalist, uncluttered, at the same level and often of the same material as the floor; however it is important to realize that its implementation is more complicated and must be carried out with the greatest care (especially with regard to water tightness). Its size and shape are unrestricted, so you can tailor-make your shower.

Shower with tray: there are a very large number of shower trays, both in terms of size and shape (square, rectangular, quarter round and asymmetrical) and materials (resin, acrylic, ceramic, enameled steel, etc.). The smallest are square 70 × 70 cm and sizes up to 170 × 90 cm can be found.

Type of installation: against a wall, in a corner, in a niche, on an island? This positioning will lead to different solutions concerning its closing (shower screen, curtain).

Finally, a technical point of importance concerning the shower: the hot and cold water supply and the choice of the tapware, recessed or exposed. A concealed fitting requires the pipes to be able to pass through a lining.

Toilets

As seen above, the location of the WC is the one where we have the least flexibility: it must be located as close as possible to the drain (large diameter drain pipe Ø 90 mm approx.).

If it is large enough, its location in the bathroom must allow for a minimum of privacy: it can be separated from the rest of the room by a small wall, pretty claustra, storage unit, etc…

Finally, for installation, you have the choice between suspended WCs, requiring the presence of a recessed or dressed support frame, and horizontal or vertical wall-hung WCs.

The washbasin or basin unit

Your choice here is between a vanity unit with one or two basins and significant storage space in the lower part, or a more refined version: a single washbasin, free-standing, column washbasin.

The vanity unit: the most compact, with a single washbasin, will measure 40 cm wide by 35 cm deep (almost like a wash-hand basin); more commonly, for one washbasin, count approximately 60 × 45 cm, and for two washbasins 120 × 50 cm. Custom-made products can help you to obtain the desired size.

The single washbasin: it is available on a stand, on a column or suspended. Without lower storage. Its minimalist look sometimes saves space.

Laundry machines

If your bathroom is also to be used as a laundry room, generally count 60 × 60 cm for a standard machine footprint. As for the installation, it depends on whether it is a front-loading or top-loading machine. Depending on the type of machine, you can place them next to each other or on top of each other. Do not forget to provide a place for the laundry basket and washing products, ideally next to the machines.

Heating

If you don’t have underfloor heating and need to provide heating for the room, choosing a towel warmer is the ideal option, whether the bathroom is small or large.

Hot water production: depending on how your home is heated, a hot water tank may need to be provided and housed in the bathroom. Its volume generally depends on the number of people living in the home, from 50 to 300 L.

Most hot water systems are cylindrical (approximately 60 cm in diameter) and can be installed on the floor or suspended (in this case, the wall or ceiling receiving the cylinder). If you have a high ceiling, you can plan to place the cylinder horizontally under a (accessible) formwork, but there are now also less bulky (rectangular) and more aesthetically pleasing balloons available.

Bathroom plan: don’t forget about electrical safety

Electricity meets strict standards, and when it is located in a bathroom, the NF C 15-100 standard applies, in order to avoid any risk of an accident. It defines different volumes around water points, determining which appliances can be admitted or not, depending on their protection index and their protection class (from I to III). The bathroom plan must, therefore, take these different volumes into account.

Electrical standards for bathrooms

What is the optimal arrangement of the elements on a bathroom plan?

Each bathroom has its own optimal layout, which must take into account all of the above elements. Although some configurations may seem more obvious than others, a typical layout may inspire you but may not be exactly what you want and how you want to live. That is why you can call Marlin Plumbing in Miami. They provide reliable water heater installation, bathroom remodeling, drain cleaner, leak detection, faucets repair, pipe repairs, and plumbing services.

Tips and Tricks Every Job Hunter Should Know – Part II

If you’ve not yet read the first part of this 2-part post, click here to read it. The first post covers all the things you need to know when filling out application forms. The previous post also includes a few things you can do to maximise your chances of being called for an interview even when you hire a recruitment consultant.

This post, on the other hand, will focus on recruitment agencies and the pros and cons of using them. Without further ado, let’s dive in!

Recruitment Agencies: What Are They?

In simple terms, recruitment agencies work both with businesses and job seekers. They help companies fill their vacancies and help candidates find jobs.

Some companies choose to work with recruitment companies because they simply don’t have the time to go through all the resumes and pre-interviews. Others go to recruitment agencies when they are having difficulties finding good candidates for their open positions.

Recruitment Agencies: How Do They Work?

After having received the job description from their client, they will scan their list of candidates to find the candidate that is most suited for that role. They will typically shortlist the candidates and call them to conduct phone interviews or ask them to come to their office for a proper interview. Once that’s done, the list of names of candidates that have been selected are sent to the company and the final choice is left to the company.

What Are the Prerequisite Skills, or Qualifications I Need to Have?

While you can use a recruiter at any level, you should not know that they might not necessarily be able to help you.

Hear us out. If a company or a business is looking to fill entry-level jobs, they really won’t contact recruitment agencies. Why pay them a big fee for candidates that they should be able to find themselves? So, if you are an entry-level job seeker or are looking to change career path, steer clear of recruitment agencies. They will most probably be unable to help you out anyway.

The only type of recruitment agency that can help you if you are an entry-level job seeker is college campus recruiters that specialize in this. Otherwise, you are better off posting your resume on jobs boards and applying directly on the company’s web page.

Benefits of Using a Recruitment Agency

  1. Whenever a candidate applies for a job, they typically check out the business’s website to get a feel of their brand and their values. While this most definitely helps, it does not compare to the insight you can get from a recruitment consultant. Remember that these agencies have been working for these companies for a relatively long time and know them very well. They know what the managers expect in a candidate. The benefit to candidates is twofold. Firstly, this means that they take into consideration all their candidates’ qualities before recommending them to the company – making you among the best candidate for that job. Secondly, their knowledge will allow you to know a lot about the company before getting there or having an interview!
  2. Unlike other candidates who have to prepare for interviews on their own, if you choose to use a recruiter you will be better prepared for your interview. After having sent your resume to the company, they will do their best t ensure you are ready for the interview. They will also be willing to answer any question you may have. This will make you feel more confident as you go to the interview. That confidence might even give you an edge over other candidates.
  3. Several companies do not advertise vacancies for some jobs. And most of those jobs are high-paying jobs! The companies will instead go to these agencies first to ask them for potential candidates. Since the recruiter that has your resume also has access to exclusive job roles that aren’t otherwise on the job market, your chances of you being suggested for that role is high! Thus, also increasing the likelihood of you getting in with a great company.
  4. Not a great negotiator? Well, then you’ll be happy to know that you can leave that to the agency. They will be willing to negotiate on your behalf. From salary to working hours, you can count on them to get you the best deal possible – one that you might probably never get on your own.
  5. If you have been placed on a temporary assignment that you’ve come to like, you can talk to your recruitment agency to have them try to secure a permanent role instead. On the other hand, if you don’t like the job you can always talk to the recruitment agency and have them look for another role for you. To top it all off, your notice period might not even be as long as it would have been had you gone directly to the company.

Essentially, what we are trying to say is that recruitment agencies are here to help you. Helping you find a job is key to their success, after all!

Tips and Tricks Every Job Hunter Should Know – Part I

Finding a job is not just about the interview and impressing the recruiter. Before you can even think of snagging an interview you have to get the attention of the recruiter.

And how do you do this? In the past, people would just print a cv, go from one company to another and drop their CVs. The times have changed and so should you. This also means that finding a job is not just about preparing one cv and sending that one resume to dozens of companies. If anything, most of the top companies out there will not ask you for a resume but will instead ask you to fill in a form on their website!

So, if you want to get that dream job, or work for the best company in your state there are a few things you need to sort out first.

Let’s Look at The Things You Need To Bear In Mind When Filling Out Application Forms

Tip #1: Ensure you have all the necessary documents.

Most job application forms take a relatively long time to fill because of the details they ask you to put on the system. Do not make the process any longer for you. If you are still filling in the form after 1 hour, you are likely to give up! So, don’t waste time running around the house and rustling through drawers. Before you even begin filling in the form, find all the documents you may need. This includes your social security number, latest resume (in case they ask you to upload one), your job reference list and the contact numbers of your previous employers.

Tip #2. Read the instructions carefully.

Don’t start immediately filling in the form. Carefully read the instructions and skim through the webpage or the form you’ve been given to ensure you have all the information you’ll need on hands.

Tip #3. If it’s an application form you need to fill and send by post, ensure your handwriting is legible.

You’ll typically he to do this if you are applying for a job in the public sector. What’s the use of filling in the application form if the recruiter does not understand a word you’ve written? Use correct spacing, capitalization, grammar (if necessary) and write neatly.

Tip #4. Accuracy is key.

Ensure you’ve gotten past employers, dates of employment, contact details, job title and references correct. This will serve no purpose if it’s wring. If the mistake is obvious, it will send a clear message to the recruiter: you either don’t care enough about the job, or you are lying. Either way, it’s a huge red flag!

Tip #5. No matter how long the application form is: Do not look for shortcuts.

Here’s one thing you want to avoid at all cost: Writing “Refer to attached resume” when filling in the blanks on the application. Complete the details as requested and ensure it matches your resume.

Tip #6. This is a continuation of the tip above: Describe your qualifications FULLY.

Avoid acronyms. The recruiter might have never of them. Write every qualification in full and ensure they are accurate.

Tip #7. Don’t leave out questions

Some companies reject applications that leave required sections blanks. When you’ve scanned the form at the start you must have seen these sections. Ensure you complete them. If there is a question that does not apply to you, write “Not applicable” instead of just leaving it blank.

Tip #8. Do not be too strict with your salary expectations

If your salary expectations do     not fall within their grid, they will probably reject you before even calling you for an interview. How will you get to impress them then? Instead, give them a range or write “negotiable”. That way you at least get the chance of meeting them and proving to them that not hiring you would be their loss. 

Tip #9. References: Know when to mention them.  Provide references if requested

While you must prepare a reference list before starting the application, it does not mean that you must mention them. Here’s the unspoken rule about references: do not provide them unless requested.

Tip #10. Do not leave any grammatical mistakes

Once you are done with filling out the form, PROOFREAD! The recruiter reviewing your application will most definitely notice spelling mistakes. And, unfortunately, sometimes this is enough to sabotage your chances.

Tips for When You Are Going Through Recruitment Agencies

If you are choosing to go through them, you need to make sure to build solid relationships with the recruitment consultants. To do that, here are a few things you can do:

Tip #1: This is your career. Don’t expect them to take the lead. Instead, be ready to do a good amount of chasing.

Tip #2: Do not rely on these agencies alone. Get on as many jobs boards as you can. The more exposure you get, the higher the chances of you getting hired are.

Tip #3: Do NOT apply for jobs you don’t care about. You are wasting both your time and the recruiters time.

Want more information about recruitment agents? The second part of the post will cover this. Click here for more.

Safe Crane Hire: A Comprehensive Guide

Planning to rent a crane for an upcoming project? If this is your first time renting a crane, you might need a bit of help finding out the right unit for your project.

If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the different types of crane available for hire.

What Are the Types of Cranes Available for Hire?

If you are already in the industry, you know that there are several types of cranes available for hire. If you are new to this, though, you may have trouble distinguishing one from the other. The size and configuration of each crane serve a specific purpose and vary according to the type of job they are meant for.

From their lifting capacities to the environment they will be used in, you have a lot to take into consideration. For example, the heavier the job, the greater the lifting capacity will be.

So, what are the different types of cranes?

1. Crane Vessel

Crane vessel, also known as floating crane and crane ship, is a fixed type of crane that cannot be moved. Great for lifting heavy loads, this type of crane is mostly used to lift sunken ships from the water or load or unload ships.

2. Telescopic Crane

Equipped with a large boom fitted with tubes, telescopic crane is high enough to handle the transportation of goods from a low place to a high place and vice versa. They are also good for rescue operations as their height can be adjusted.

3. Harbour Crane

The harbour crane, often called mobile harbor or port harbour crane is a flexible machine able to lift very heavy loads. This makes it perfect for unloading and loading ships in seaports.

4. Crawler Crane:

Designed to move on tracks, the crawler crane is a very heavy type of crane that can move on almost any kind of surface.

5. Rough Terrain Crane

Mounted on four rubber tires, the rough terrain crane is mostly used in off-road applications.

6. All-Terrain Crane

Very similar to the rough terrain crane, all-terrain cranes travel at the same speed on the public roads as well as on the off roads. They differ from the rough terrain crane in two ways: 1) they have more tires, and 2) all-terrain cranes can be used both on off roads and on public roads.

7. Truck Mounted Crane

Mounted on a truck with rubber tires, this type of crane is equipped with only one engine. This engine is responsible for the operation of both the undercarriage and the crane. Able to travel on highways, the truck mounted crane is a relatively cheap crane that does not require any other vehicles to transport it. Most truck-mounted cranes have a rotation of 180 degrees but you should be able to find some that can do a complete revolution (but these tend to be on the more expensive side).

8. Level Luffing Cranes

Level luffing cranes are equipped with a hook that stays fixed and a hinged jib that can move in a vertical direction.

9. Rail Road Cranes

Exclusively used on railway tracks, the railroad crane is used for railway lines itself. Its flanged wheels make it impossible for this type of crane to travel on roads but perfect for the construction, maintenance and repair of railway lines.

10. Telescopic Handler Cranes

Resembling forklift trucks, the telescopic handler cranes have a telescoping extendable boom-like crane and can do a full 360 degrees rotation. They are mostly used to install frame trusses in buildings.

11. Aerial Cranes

Also called sky cranes, aerial cranes look like helicopters. They are very versatile and can be used for a wide array of things, such as carrying large loads in places that are difficult to reach by land, lifting loads to high rise buildings and for rescue purposes in the wake of a disaster.

12. Tower Cranes

Fixed to the ground or attached to the side of structures, the tower care is the most commonly used type of crane. Their ability to lift heavy weights to great heights make them great tools in the construction of tall buildings.

Hiring Cranes: Everything You need to Know

Now that you the different types of cranes there are, here’re a few additional things you need to know when hiring:

  1. Know your project well. You need to know this to hire the right type of crane.
  2. Determine how long the project will last and for how long you’ll need the crane. If you’ll need for a few hours, it will make no sense to hire it for a full day.
  3. Do not settle on the first rental company you find. Shop around and look for other rental companies. You might find a better deal somewhere else!

How to Delete Your Personal Data from Google

The information that emerges from queries to your name on search engines is not to your liking? You have the power to make them disappear. Here’s how.

Step 1: Alert the site manager

It is not the search engine that is responsible for the information it references but the webmaster of the original site. You must therefore contact him, justifying your desire to see the content concerning you:

– modified: the article is modified;

– or removed: the article remains unchanged but is no longer found by search engines, and therefore no longer appears in search results.

Next:

– The website then has 1 month to answer you.

– If there is no answer within 1 month, you can appeal to the National Commission for Information Technology and Freedom. All you have to do is fill in a form.

– You can also contact them  if you were not satisfied with the webmaster’s answer.

Good to know: the content in question must harm your e-reputation or your security (compromising film, bank data, letter of insults, etc.).

Step 2: remove the content from the cache

Even if the disputed content has been removed from the site, its trace will continue to appear in search engines for a few days to a few weeks: this is the cache.

Indeed, the indexing robots that update search engines sometimes only crawl the sites every 3 weeks! This is how you sometimes come across classified ads that have expired.

If this happens with content that should have been deleted, search engines provide a procedure to make the cache disappear.

For Google, for example, all you have to do is go to this address and click on “here” from the following phrase from the last paragraph that has a yellow background. The phrase must read something like: “We may also publish similar information from your notice to our Transparency Report. You may find out more information about the Report here.

Note: You need to have a Gmail account. The procedure is accessible to the webmaster of the site but also to Internet users.

Hope the above helps you out if you have an issue with your privacy settings on Google. You might also like to read 6 Tips to Secure Your Smart Phone.

Remember to leave your comments in the sections below if you would like to read on a particular topic.

6 Tips to Secure Your Smart Phone

If you use your smart phone for your social accounts and online payments, the theft can be dramatic. The thief could pay for purchases with your pre-filled information, spread false information in your name, and send emails to your contacts. You can prevent all of this with 6 steps to protect your smart phone.

Beware of public Wi-Fi

Admittedly, it’s convenient: today, in almost all airports, train stations and cafés, Wi-Fi is free. It’s an opportunity for you to check your e-mails for free, but also for hackers to retrieve some very useful private information!

Avoid, therefore, on these public networks, to connect to:

– your bank accounts;

– merchant accounts to make online purchases;

– any type of application containing sensitive data.

Good to know: your phone’s Bluetooth is also a privileged access for hackers. Be vigilant.

Encrypt your smart phone data

Android and iPhone operating systems include an option to encrypt data.

Some smart phones include the factory application, for others you need to download it. It’s simple: some data appears scrambled and unreadable. You need a code to decrypt it.

Good to know: write this code down somewhere, except in your smart phone!

Complicate access to your Smartphone

You have different possibilities to protect the access to your smart phone:

– Using an unlocking scheme and an access code.

– Use a facial recognition system.

– Use a digital recognition system.

Note: All models now have an access code system to lock a smart phone. Facial recognition systems are beginning to develop, finger recognition systems, biometrics, are only available on high-end models.

Keeping the IMEI number

IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. This 15-digit number uniquely identifies each mobile phone.

If your mobile phone is lost or stolen, simply consult your operator and provide them with the IMEI number. The operator will then be able to completely block access to your mobile phone remotely.

The IMEI is obtained by entering the following code on your keypad: *#06#.

Note: keep the IMEI code somewhere on a remote server (storage, e-mails…). You should be able to access this number as soon as possible, and from anywhere.

In case of theft, erase your data remotely

Few people know this, but manufacturers allow you to remotely erase your data through applications:

– Built-in to the operating system.

– Third parties.

If your mobile device is lost or stolen, you can access your data on your personal account and can erase everything on your smart phone.

Note: as this operation is irreversible, take the time to search a little beforehand!

Do not let access to your cards

When making repairs or changing phones, always remember to remove:

– your SIM card;

– your memory card.

They contain sensitive data such as personal SMS messages, contact details, photos or private files. By leaving them in the phone, you run the risk that someone will take them, use them on your behalf or monitor your whereabouts.

WHAT IS DOCUMENTUM?

Documentum Overview

Initially developed for Boeing, the Documentum system is a software that makes storing, maintaining and organizing a massive amount of information into a common repository easy. Not only is the software perfect for converting paper-based documents into application-ready files, it also makes managing content from other applications (ranging from ERP to portals) from across the organization possible. Acting like a file system, this document management software is a fancy tool that increases productivity by allowing users to save a lot of time, cost and effort. 

Benefits of Using Documentum

There are many Content Management Software available on the market. But there’s a reason Documentum is known as the best:

1. Advanced Usability

In an organization, files containing parts of other documents from different authors is called a virtual document. Documentum is a great software for streamlining the use of virtual documents throughout an organization.

2. Superior User Interface:

The software is better than most in that it is equipped with widgets and easy-to-use tools that make navigating the software faster and easier.

3. Event Notification 

There are a few risks associated with having several authors accessing one file. One of those risks is the possibility that one author overwrites the work of another author when they are both working on the file. Another drawback to these types of files is that you are unaware of any changes that another author brought to the file. The great thing with Documentum is that the system will provide a real-time update notification to all authors when a change has been made. The notification system also includes showing who made the changes and who read the file last. So, instead of checking a file every now and then to confirm that no change has been made, you can rely on Documentum to let you know whenever something is changed.

4. Content Capabilities

Documentum is known to be very flexible as it includes workflow features, lifecycle, and auditing. These can be all be adjusted to fit your requirements.

5. Has Features that Allows for Automation

Instead of having to manually number and name a file, Documentum makes it possible for the numbering system and naming of files to be automated, leading to a significant increase in productive time and a decrease in efforts.

6. Documentation is Highly Configurable

Documentum is known to be highly configurable as it offers users the possibility of arranging documents according to specifications provided.

7. User-Friendly

Since the Documentum software can adapt to many requirements, it can be personalized making the interface very much user-friendly.

8. High Level of Security

An Enterprise Content Management (ECM) programme, Documentum enforces top-notch security. Documentum has a controlled repository that makes keeping the files safe and organized possible. But there is an added advantage to using Documentum. Unlike a filesystem where anyone who has access to the hard drive can read, edit, and even delete any file on the hard drive, Documentum it is possible to give limited access to certain people. This means that they can either not see the file at all, or be able to view it without being able to edit or delete it.

9. Comes with Search Engine

Documentum can be searched the same way you search the web. The software has a search engine similar to the web search engine and involves using certain words or phrases to find a file. But Documentum surpasses your typical search engines in that you can filter using additional attributes, such as document title, subject and author. You can even make up special attributes and use any number of keywords to describe it.

10. Display of Content Made More Efficient

With the option of preview content in thumbnail form, Documentum facilitates searching for documents and provides a smarter way of viewing content.

11. Workflow

The software lets you route documents inside the system itself. Since each user has his own inbox, you can simply reroute the document to the correct user for approval or rejection or look at the files, approve, reject it yourself. You can even set up a multi-level approval process where the document goes to the supervisor for approval, before going to the team manager and eventually the project manager.

12. Version Control

When working with a typical excel or word document, you have to be extra careful when saving since one save can overwrite the whole file. If you want to keep several versions of your work, you’ll have to use the ‘Save as’ option. With Documentum you won’t have this kind of problem: any time you make a change, the software will create a new version of the file. It will also keep track of all the different versions of the file. If you ‘check it out’ when you edit, it will also prevent anyone else from editing the file while you are editing it.

Space Tourism

Imagine you have already traveled everywhere on our planet. There is nothing new to discover. You’ve witnessed the Aurora Borealis from the Artic and climbed to the top of Mount Everest. You’ve swum with sharks, had safaris around the Savannah and ran with the bulls. The only place left to visit is outer space. If you are lucky enough to be able to afford it, space tourism looks like it’s just around the corner.

The idea of space tourism wasn’t considered real a few decades ago. During the 1960s, space exploration was entirely under the control of government-run agencies, namely the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The two super-powers competed in the 1960s and 70s in what is known as the “Space Race.” It was a test of each nation’s intelligence and strength.

Over time, a different kind of super-power discovered space might be within their rich. In 2001, Dennis Tito, an American businessman, with no space travel experience, was the first to pay (around $20 million) to go into space, making him the first space tourist. Experts all agree that this was the moment when the commercial space race started. Tito inspired a generation of CEOs and billionaires to strive to reach the last frontier. In 2004, the U.S. made this easier to accomplish when it officially legalized private space travel. Before 2004, some laws had made it easier for companies to build space crafts and launching pads mostly as they related to satellites and telecommunications. This bill made it possible to privatize human space travel. Only six months before George W. Bush officially signed the 2004 bill into law, the first privately funded spacecraft left earth’s orbit, partly financed by Microsoft’s co-founder Paul G. Allen. The very first major opening for private companies to step into space travel happened in 2011 when, after 30 years of operation, NASA officially ended its space shuttle program. The Obama administration decided to relaunch the program, choosing to direct more funding to private companies looking to build new space ships. The move was intended to begin an era of public-private partnerships between private space companies and NASA.

In the U.S., the space travel industry is thriving. In 2012, a private American aerospace manufacturer sent the first commercially-built vehicle to carry cargo to the International Space Station, a task which only government-run agencies had ever done before.

Questions and concerns galore and need to be addressed before the private space industry can be fully launched. Virgin Galactic’s 2014 crash highlighted just how difficult and risky it can be to launch successful and safe space vehicles. The risky nature of such projects, not to mention the lack of international treaties and laws to govern space, makes the prospect of running a viable space travel business much more difficult.

Whether or not it is a good idea to leave space exploration up to a generation of big-dreaming entrepreneurs, it’s happening. If you are a thrill-seeking adventurer, you need to start asking yourself if the price tag for space travel is worth it.

Geography: What is it for?

Geography helps us understand and explore our world in a particular way. Geography is deeper than just knowing where places and places are situated on a map. Take the Olympics for example: We might investigate the location of participating countries and research their notable characteristics, but unless we consider the stories of these people and places, we won’t gain a deep understanding of what life is like in these countries and their place in the world. We need to question, how come some countries have only a few competitors? Why do some excel at specific sports while others do not? Geography allows us to see the interconnections and relationships between places and people, and use that understanding to inform our decisions in the future.

So what is geography for and what drives geographers to be inquisitive about our world? Is it the desire to locate the amazing places of the world? As well as paying attention to the world, thinking geographically nurtures an understanding that places and people don’t exist without interconnection. In geography, these interconnections are considered and explored in spatial terms. Geography makes use of a range of modern technological tools to explore and identify the different areas of the world. Geographers do not only focus on where places are and their interconnections but exploring the meaning of a place to people and its importance to their identity.

Students studying Geography view and analyze the world through the lens of the 7 geographical concepts; place, space, environment, scale, change, interconnection, and sustainability. To develop geographical thinking, both subject’s concepts and the content need to be highlighted. So with this in mind, let’s turn to the geography student. How might his teacher encourage him to think geographically? The student is meant to know where places are on map, to explore the nature of places, to understand why places are what they are, to analyze the impact places have on people and people have on places.

Geography forms us and the world. Globalization, made possible by the rise of technology, gives us many advantages but also exposes us to new threats that influence our lives and, in fact, the wellbeing of every life form on Earth. As we have “peopled” the Earth, we’ve used up and sometimes renewed its resources. We’ve massively increased the “built” environment. Technology has enabled the construction of skyscrapers, allowed people to live in virtually any environment, and enabled the construction of megalopolises. Now more than ever before, geographic learning must be considered a fundamental and essential focus of every person’s education.