How to Link Tasks in Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project has been around for some time now and is considered by many to represent the industry standard scheduling tool. In the right hands it can certainly make the task easier and save both time and money by highlighting possible scheduling problems.

Do not Get into Bad Habits!
However, our experience of delivering MS Project courses from Foundation to Advanced levels has shown that many people who are self taught frequently mis-use the application through no real fault of their own. It is simply that Microsoft Project is not the easiest of programs to understand without guidance and the interface can lead the unwary novice into forming 'bad habits' which can seriously underline the true potential of the application. It's the old adage that "we do not know what we do not know!"

The Most Common Problem:
Without doubt, the most common 'bad habit' that I see amongst self-taught users is in respect of clearing tasks. It is often assumed that because the Task Sheet has columns for start and finish dates, these should be defined when a task is entered. It would seem a logical thing to do and certainly looks as if Microsoft Project requires the information. In fact it is in most cases exactly the wrong thing to do, as setting a task finish date will automatically apply a 'Finish No Earlier Than' constraint. Constraints come in 3 forms: Flexible, Semi-Flexible and In-Flexible.

A 'Finish No Earlier Than constraint is semi-flexible which removes some…


Lessons in Invention Development – Part 1

Inventing is a precarious process, to say the least, but it can also be an educational experience of a lifetime. For me, the invention development process began with a problem and the thought that its solution lay with one tool design. I had had no previous experience with inventing and was blind to the realities of the journey that awaited me. Thirty-five tool, flange, and valve designs later, I had learned about casting processes, machining, heat treating, plating, and the ritual intricacies of the legal realm – more than I ever thought I wanted to know. Thirty designs failed to gain acceptance. Five succeeded.

I had been in the heating trade for 17 years, the last 10 as a less-than-satisfied contractor. I often installed hot water circulator flanges, but this extremely simple flange design was ridiculously difficult to install (the picture on the front page exemplifies a heating system that utilizes many of these flanges). One day while installing a multi-zone system that required 20 of these troublesome flanges, a novel idea sprang into my head, uncoiling no doubt from the considered tension I was under. I recalled a recent experience watching another contractor install a flange. He inserted two screwdrivers through as many bolt holes in the flange, and, positioning the handle end of a hammer between them, rotated them clockwise. Lacking the leakage that it required for him to tighten the flange, the force he exerted caused his hand to slip and be sliced…


Plush Toys – For the Young and Old Alike

Among the most famous of all plush toys is the teddy bear, which Teddy Roosevelt had a big part in making so popular. Children en masse thought these stuffed animals out, they are still the number one on the market.

There have been quite a few famous plush toys that have graced the market with their presence. We have beanie babies that were not so plush but were still categorized as such. Then there are talking varieties that hit the toy markets beginning in the eighties, Teddy Ruxpan was the first. Now we have interactive, almost robotic ones that look like dogs and cats.

They come in many different types. There are some that are filled with fiber fill, and some that are filled with cotton batting, some have micro beads as filling. There are stuffed animals that are shaggy and some that are short haired and others yet that are in between. There are life like ones that sit on shelves and huggable ones that are swept around by a limb. Most of the best loved plush toys are made to look like animals.

A stuffed animal is usually one of the first gifts a young lady will receive from and admirer, this becomes a favored keepsake. They are also often given as gifts to babies, and these are also kept as keepsakes. There are some that are available to mark the new year, and varieties that are delivered with flowers to mark anniversaries, birthdays and just for pick me up type gifts. Stuffed animals and other plushy toys are kept as keepsakes for many different…


Making Money Online in Today's Internet Marketing

Today's internet is faster and more user friendly than ever before and welcomes people from all over the world to participate and enjoy. While some people are enjoying finding some information on the internet and meeting people, others are looking at the internet as a way to make money. A lot of money.

As a matter of fact, billions of dollars are made on the internet every single day from internet marketing. You used to have a store to make money on the internet. If you wanted to sell something, you had to sell one of the usual marketing items or try to make a niche in an obscure market. Most of the markets such as electronics and books have been planned on the internet. There is a lot of competition out there and it comes from all over the world.

When people want information, they want it fast especially if they are looking for it on the internet. If you can provide people with information that they really need, or really want in a quick manner, then you can be successful making money on the internet.

Establishing yourself as an expert in your field is essential in order to get people to trust you enough to buy from you. After all, if you are not a proven expert, what gives you the right to tell other people how to do something or live their lives a certain way?

A proven expert in the dating field can be anyone who has ever dated. Anyone who is over the age of 16 has probably dated and been hurt in love.

They have probably bounced back. They can…


Earn Money Working From Home

Are you one of the many people that want the amazing benefits that a working from home job has to offer? Do you want to be your own boss and be able to work the hours that you choose? Due to the technology today and the ability to work via the internet, more and more people are choosing to earn money by working from home.

You do need to be very self motivated and self disciplined to succeed at a home business so if you think that you are motivated and disciplined enough to work from home then read on.

The misconception about working from home is that people think it will be the easiest job in the world, that there is nothing to it and you can get rich very quickly by doing very little work. This really is a big misconception because when you are working from home you are in charge of every thing that you do. You do not have someone telling you what to do and when to do it by, which is good but at the same time you need to be very disciplined and make sure you stick to your time schedule and work schedule.

You will need to be prepared to put in the time and effort that it takes to make a home business successful.

You may also face some situations that may set you back a little or may not go as planned. You need to have the mental stamina to get through these tough times and keep plodding ahead. There will be days when you will feel like giving up and going back to a normal nine to five job, but if you can get through these times you can be very successful.


Forex Signal Software

The popularity of trading in the Foreign Exchange market has been going up ever since trading was done over the internet instead of trading in with a pen and paper.

The internet is home to various opportunities and since the 90s, making money in the largest financial institution has become one of those promising opportunities.

Today, there are millions of people currently trading in the Forex trying to earn a good profit. This is especially helpful since the economy has been going down over the past months. However, it is important to remember that when in trading foreign treaties, you must be adequately educated regarding the market and at the same time, you must be properly equipped.

One of the most common tools that traders opt to use in this market is known as Forex signal software.

Since the Forex market is a worldwide financial market, it is open twenty four hours a day. This would mean that it would be very difficult to monitor the movements of the market and make the right moves at the right time. In other words, it would be easy to miss opportunities and signals that would show you which trends are going up and which are going down.

Forex signal software will change all that since it can act on its own even without intervention from the user or the trader. It is part of the trading platform and it will monitor the market for you. When a signal or opportunity arises, it can alert the trader of the change. With this, you will never have to miss…


The Relationship Between Insurance and Finance

Insurance and finance are closely interwoven fields of business, not least because they both involve money. They also often both involve speculation and risk, and often where one goes, the other will follow. Take property investment for example, it involves a large amount of capital out lay, swiftly followed by insurance to protect the capital investment. It would be ridiculous to spend such a vast sum of money on a venture and not protect it against possible damage. It therefore makes sense to store information on these two subjects together, as the relationship is so logical.

Insurance is a form of risk management used to protect the insured against the risk of a loss. It is defined as the equivalent transfer of the risk of a loss from one entity to another in exchange for a premium. There are different kinds of insurance for just about every conceivable event. The most common insurance is probably life insurance, which provides a monetary benefit to a decedent's family or other designated beneficiary.

It can cover funeral or burial costs and can be paid out to the beneficiary in either a lump sum or as an annuity. Property insurance is one of the more necessary insurances as property is extremely expensive and if it is lost or damaged for some reason (fire, earthquake, flood) it can be very difficult to replace without adequate reimbursement. Travel insurance used to be seen as an unnecessary expense and is still viewed as such by many. Its importance…

Source by Sandy Cosser

Currency Trading Books – Forex Trading System And Strategies

What system of trading have you used in the past, has it provided you with the best results as expected. Are you really maximizing profit in your currency trading activities? If your answers to these questions are in the negative – then it's time to change your system of trade or learn how to master your present trading system. The best place to start is in the acquisition of knowledge, it is time to know how to make more money with the different systems of trading the Forex market – get these educated currencies of currency trading to learn how to win using the best systems of trading world treaties.

Michael Archer's book, Getting Started in Forex Trading Strategies is a good way to start. In this book you will learn how to develop your own style and pick a trading strategy that suits you most. The different strategies of the currency market are analyzed revealing its merits and demerits, stipulating the way out in each case – giving you the best strategies to use. This is a good currency trading book.

Currency strategy is a currency trading book written by Callum Henderson that informs and educates us on the ways to study and understand the different models; it helps one to forecast the moves of the market. An excellent guide to market practitioners – making you the Forex professional you have always desired to be.

Trading Systems: Secrets of the Masters is a master piece written by Joe Krutsinger. This informative currency trading book reveals the…


Ivan the Terrible – A Case of a Bad Forex Broker

When you are looking to find a Forex broker for yourself, what you need to understand is that most of the time, through the power of the internet, you will most likely end up with someone who is half par as a broker, and in the worst case scenario, you will find that you have ended up with a really bad broker, I just have received wind of some news down the grapevine a couple of weeks ago of someone who I knew usually – he had come to me for some advice on the Forex market – and he had chosen an online Forex broker to help him out in one of his managed accounts.

Now, when you are looking for a Forex broker and looking for one online, you need to be careful of a few things. One of them is that anyone and everyone is able to set up a Forex company of their own and build their own brokerage. All they need to do is to find a web host and make a website. What you need to do is to ensure that this is a real company and not some dud. And you can do this quite easily by doing a little low level research of your own into the various companies that you come across on a daily basis.

Oh where was I, ah yes. I had heard that this broker, through various questionable references and quotations, had managed to wipe out a $ 10, 000 bank account in a matter of days and this was down to some seemingly frenzied trading. Now when you trade, you usually limit yourself to 4 – 8 trades a day as a conservative way to make money and reduce the changes where you will be losing money. …


Credit Card Processing: Why An Advisor Is Critical To Your Success

As business owners and merchants can attest, accepting Visa, MasterCard credit cards and Interac debit from their customers is a necessity in today's marketplace. This definite need has produced a very competitive environment for credit / debit processing companies, and one would think with all the choices available to business owners that processors would put a priority on customer retention.

One would think …

The exact opposite is the case. Customer acquisition is far and away the focus of the industry, to an extent that it is a huge detriment to merchants. I make my living in this industry and I'm constantly made dizzy by the tactics companies employ to acquire new business, and the appalling levels of service employed to keep them!

However, it also has created a niche for the few wise folks that figure this out; treat your clients the way you'd expect to be treated and they will stay with you even when the flavor-of-the-month new deal comes along.

My own company is not immune to questionable levels of service at the 1-800 call center level. Example – a brand new client of mine had what turned out to be an intermittent software bug in their countertop terminal. After speaking with me personally – something I insist they do when any issues arise – it was necessary for them to call directly into our call center to request a replacement. It seemed pretty straightforward. We absolutely shipped them a replacement that arrived in about 17 hours. Not bad…