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Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners Opens 24/7 Store with LaundryMatic Locker System

Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners Opens 24/7 Store with LaundryMatic Locker System

Jun 2, 2015

Adding to full service downtown Charleston and West Ashley locations, Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners is proud to introduce a new drop off/pick up site at Mixson in North Charleston. Always open, the site adds accessibility as it features the LaundryMatic Locker system. This new convenient concept is self-managing for secure dry cleaning and laundry service. “Our system is easy to use as customers just place garments in any open locker, add a 4 digit code to lock, text, call or fill out our online form and our van picks up their items,” said Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners owner Courtney Friedman. “When the laundry is ready, our clients receive an email and text with the locker number and code for pick up at their convenience.” Founded in 2001, Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners is a full service dry cleaner and laundry service with free pick up and delivery as well as three convenient Charleston locations. Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners also services 36 hotels, 14 restaurants, and 6 hospitals plus commercial and residential accounts 6 days a week. In addition to wash/dry/fold and dry cleaning services, Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners handles everything from draperies and comforters to leather, suede and fur as well as bridal gown pressing, cleaning and restoration. Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners strives to provide the best customer service and overall quality available. For additional information about Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners,...

Snowden, Manning and the Modern Day Whistleblower

Snowden, Manning and the Modern Day Whistleblower

Aug 27, 2013

Snowden, Manning and the Modern Day Whistleblower   Image Source: popularresistance.org On the same day the “Bradley” Chelsea Manning[1] verdict came down, Senator Grassley (R-IA) submitted a resolution proposing a national holiday for whistleblowersand unanimously “July 31st” became National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. The irony is not lost on everyone, for what “appreciation” has been shown to PFC Bradley/Chelsea Manning and NSA leaker Ed Snowden who have been nothing but demonized? Manning now sentenced to a shameful prison term for telling the Truthwhile Snowden’s still on the lam having to make nice with America’s enemies out of necessity as the debate between “hero” or “traitor” rages on here at home. Shouldn’t the debate be about the content and context of the leaked information? Isn’t that what should ultimately be important? There are some who would have you believe the means with which a leaker leaks is moreimportant than all of that and oh, by the way, the leak itself? Clean up on aisle 7! Blowing the Whistle   Image Source: 99getsmart.com Government whistleblowers and other information leakers have one thing in common, a secret. A secret they no longer wish to keep. A secret so immense — at least to the bearer, they feel the world needs to know about it, usually at any cost. In fact, whistleblowers often “give up everything”, sacrificing their livelihoods, lifestyles, reputations and sometimes their safety, all in order to protect those they believe they are protecting. In the case of National Security whistleblowers, that usually means YOU. While most people would remain silent, a whistleblower cannot. Whether the disclosure is about waste, fraud, abuse or malfeasance, the general intent of the whistleblower is to apprise those whose best interests are not being rightfully served. According to the Government Accountability Project’s Whistleblower.org, their “composite definition” of a whistleblower is taken from combined state, federal and international cases and is, “An employee who discloses information that s/he reasonably believes is evidence of illegality, gross waste or fraud, mismanagement, abuse of power, general wrongdoing, or a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety. Typically, whistleblowers speak out to parties that can influence and rectify the situation. These parties include the media, organizational managers, hotlines, or Congressional members/staff, to name a few.” But, There’s a Right and Wrong Way to Blow   Image Source: insidecounsel.com In July of 1778, Congress enacted the first whistleblower protection...

How To Use Images In Your Blog- Cheri Speaks

How To Use Images In Your Blog- Cheri Speaks

Feb 11, 2013

Image Source: mackdawgproductions.com Wait! What? There’s a right way to use images on my Blog? Yes! First of all, if you are not using images then you are doing yourself and your readers a disservice and there are at least 5 Ways Images Make Your Blog Better (for those of you who haven’t used images yet, this will get you started on the right foot). But, let’s assume you are already using images. What could you possibly do better? There are many ways to use images. Some Bloggers simply insert them into their posts with little thought beyond why they want to use them. This practice is not only potentially illegal because of copyright, but it is also unfortunate because you are not taking advantage of technology and the never-ending human consumption of images. Writers want readers. What’s the point in writing in a public forum if we do not want to do everything we can to get our words in front of as many eyes possible right? Also, if someone where to take our words and share them as their own it wouldn’t be very nice would it? Exactly. So, here’s how to use images in your Blog. “Image” When you open a new post and go to insert an image the media gallery will open. Once you have an image chosen there are text fields on the right hand side where you need to type in a little image info (if you titled your image when you captured and saved it there will already be a title in the “title” field however you can change it at any time. In the example below I have left all fields blank for demonstration purposes. “Title” Giving a “title” for your image is important, not only for your own organizational purposes, but also in beefing up SEO. Personally I create a title that is the same as the “Alt Text” I choose. You can title your images however you’d like.  I have several images that are “peace doves” so in this case I added the word “words’” to make it easier for me to find since this particular image is created from words. “Caption” Attribution aka giving credit where credit is due. If the image is a photograph or graphic you took or created...

Occupy UI! – Larry Blumen

Occupy UI! – Larry Blumen

Jan 4, 2012

My wife and I each have our own Droid X smartphones and Galaxy Tab tablets, plus a laptop that we share.  I’m fairly computer literate, but not more than that—ignorance reigns supreme with so many devices and apps to deal with, each having it’s own learning curve to be shinnied up. My wife’s position on all these learning curves has gone from zero to 30 in a very short period of time, which is not bad for one who freely admits her hatred of things that blink and chime, and talk back.  We both get really angry at our devices, but my wife, even when she knows what to do, will often play ombudsman for the severely device-challenged, pleading  the logic of their case eloquently and passionately as she did to me this morning: “All these apps work differently, with things disguised as buttons and buttons disguised as things—different apps with different ways of doing the same things in different places.  Why can’t they all do the same things in the same ways in the same places?” My wife was having a Steve Jobs moment.  In an Android world, that can be a little awkward.  It didn’t take me long to come up with examples of her complaint within Google’s own applications: The display of pictures and albums is handled differently, and lousily, in PC Picasa, Picasa Web Albums and Google+, with the same set of controls arrayed in wildly different ways. A single application, like Gmail, has a very different UI on mobile than on the PC and they’re both different from the tablet (where the interface is actually pretty neat). In independent apps, browser-based or Android based, developers are still living in the Wild West where anything goes. Keyboards are all different. The cure for this is UI standardization, which equates to a presumption of non-competitiveness, not to mention sameness and boredom.  Developers and their masters don’t want this—they want to be crazy different in order to get your attention.  They have data showing that crazy different works. They’re not going to change their minds.  But maybe they don’t have to.  It would be enough if the gods of Android just enforcedly...

The Power of Email and Social Media – Don Purdum

The Power of Email and Social Media – Don Purdum

Jan 3, 2012

How do you communicate with your readers and followers that are raving fans of your website and blog but don’t necessarily visit it on their own every day? Or just as important, how do you get an average follower to want to become a raving fan? Let’s face it, your audience needs to be reminded that you are there. It’s not that they don’t want to engage with you, but if you are out of sight, you are probably out of mind. It’s just the nature of human behavior. If you can learn how to self promote your business through email and social media, you have an incredible opportunity to deepen your relationship with your audience and earn new followers as well. The key is to have great content. If you do, your readers will want to know when you plan to release more. Coming up with ways to ask them to join your email list, your Facebook pages, or other social networks is the opportunity that leads to growth. The true power of email and social media is in the metrics, and numbers don’t lie. If you grow your influence through these tools, then your business will see an increase in social interactions and a bigger bottom line if done properly. How do I get subscribers? Good question…try asking. If you encourage people to subscribe to your email updates or join your social media pages, they will. Of course not everyone, but many will. On your website, put a nice, friendly pop-up that asks for their email address. Tell them specifically how you will and will not use their treasured information. Remember, email is highly personal and we are all tired of being spammed. In addition to the one-time popup question, one of our regular bloggers (Kris de Leon) offered to give a free eBook to anyone who joined our email list. We gave a visitor something they wanted, and in return they entrusted us with their email address. It was a win-win. We launched The Internet Conference in November 2011. No one knew a thing about it. Here it is the end of December, just one month later since the launch, and...

5 Keys to Make Your Big Ideas Happen in 2011

5 Keys to Make Your Big Ideas Happen in 2011

Jul 5, 2011

5 Keys to Make Your Big Ideas Happen in 2011 1. Have a big Idea and I really mean it: BIG. 2. Work on it every day and keep it real. Remember: every little detail matters. 3. Don’t be afraid to fail (It’s waist of your time). Use your brain to live your life in a way that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure. Control your life, if you don’t, life will control you. 4. Surround yourself with smart people, delegate tasks and give them credit for the job well done. 5. Keep learning every day. Learn from failures of others. Bonus: advertise, and make your brand as visible as it possible. If you don’t know how, contact Mike’s Ad...