End of the Year – Time to Set Goals and Clear the Cache for Online Article Writers

As the most prolific online article writer in the history of mankind, I have often been asked when is enough? When will you stop writing articles, well right now, writing articles is my default setting and it is set at about 10-50 articles per day, depending on whatever else is going on in my life. Still, those who ask these questions have my best interests in mind. And 2008 is here now and so I have to discharge some of the articles that I have not written yet and put off so far.

There is no sense in denying the fact that these article titles below are just never going to happen. It’s not that I can’t write these articles, I easily could, but I want to keep writing fun and do not wish to force myself to write them. However, they are indeed, articles that the public needs and so I am offering these article titles to you, as maybe you might have something to say on these subjects and may wish to turn keyboard to screen and get them done on your own accord. Below are the articles, I am not going to write:

  1. 2008 Laptop Battery Software – Know Exactly How Much Time You Have When You Start Your Computer
  2. 2008 Solar Powered Wheelchairs – What About Solar Powered Cars?
  3. The Collective is Dangerous – It Wants to Steal Your Identity, Ego and Self – Do Not Submit
  4. 2008 Cell Phone Records to Find Influenza Outbreaks
  5. 2008 Foreclosures Increasing by 1% – Increases Crime by Two and a Third Percent
  6. In 2008 I Want a WiFi Skateboard with an iPod and iPhone Option – And I Want it Now!
  7. Trusting the Terrible Toxicity of Transferring Terabytes that Transcend your Terminal in 2008
  8. In 2008 – The Religion of Collectivism is the Most Dangerous of All Known Movements
  9. Stocking the Shelves in the Middle of the Night Stoned Out of their Mind Until 2009
  10. In 2008 Do a Little Less Talking, a Little More Walking and a Few Less Excuses – You’ll Be Fine
  11. 2008 Bingo Behavior and Competitive Chaos – The Secret Side of Senior Citizens
  12. She Despised People with Egos – I Worry About People Without
  13. Community business lack of integrity gets around fast, on the internet scum can last for years.
  14. In 2008 Your Personality is Great use it with Honor and Without Debate!
  15. Recession Proofing a Nation Using Franchising, Small Business Solutions and Entrepreneurial Training in 2008
  16. If the Mass Mobs Screws Up Everything in 2008 – Why Are We Rushing to Collective Idiocy?
  17. Are You Pulling Strings, Influencing Puppets or Leading the Field – Concentrate in 2008
  18. Why Are You Trying to Convince Me That I am Not Open Minded – Look in Your Own Mirror
  19. 2008 Grassroots Political Campaigns – Don’t Forget Bingo Night – Bring Prizes!
  20. UGVs and ROVs to Fight Fires Remotely – The Future is Here
  21. Futurist Website or Just the Latest Current Technologies and Innovations in Science?
  22. Is the Young Policeman’s Ego Getting them Into Trouble with the Collective Citizen’s Perception?
  23. How Can We Make the Human Collective Computer Smarter than all Humans and All Computers?
  24. Hiding From Yourself – The Easiest Person to Avoid
  25. Collective Intelligence or Collective Stupidity?
  26. The Difference Between a Story, Work, Piece, Article, Column, Book, Editorial and Novel
  27. You Should Fear Those Who Fear You Most of All
  28. Individual to Collective – If I am Not Important, then Stop Asking Me Questions and Bothering Me
  29. Writers On Strike for More Money Spend their Days Off Writing for Free
  30. A Dead Zone is Not a Place Where Paris Hilton’s Cell Phone Doesn’t Work
  31. 2008 Oil Change and Fast Lube Industry – Challenges Ahead
  32. What if US Consumers are Paying $4 per gallon in 2008
  33. Was Your Small Business Less profitable in 2007 or 2006 – What About 2008?
  34. 2008 Oil Change and Fast Lube – State of Industry Predictions
  35. 2008 Auto Industry and Related predictions
  36. Lack of Respect Does Not = Hate – Just Like Tolerance Does Not Equal Acceptance
  37. God Bless the Weather, Tropical Storms, Global Warming and the TV Ratings
  38. The Universe is All in Your Eyes – What an Organic Engineering Marvel?
  39. Big Bang Believers Need to Re-Think Reality in Relation to this Dimensional Realm
  40. Who Do You Think You Are – Human or Something?
  41. Steroids for the Brain – It is Already a Huge Problem
  42. Trying to Sell Real Estate in a Buyers Market
  43. Could The US Army Hit the Skids Due to a Budget Crisis?
  44. UN Chief Needs to Resign; He Says Confront Global Warming or Face in Oblivion?
  45. It’s the End of Advertising as We Know It – And I Feel Fine!

Now that my friends is consolidation and getting rid of the baggage so you can lighten your load and be ready to take off in the new year. I want you to think about this for a moment, what do you have on your plate that you know you will never do in 2008? Maybe it’s time you cleared your plate and set a new course for the future.

How Does the CPU Cache Work?

The cache on your CPU has become a very important part of today’s computing. The cache is a very high speed and very expensive piece of memory, which is used to speed up the memory retrieval process. Due to its expensive CPU’s come with a relatively small amount of cache compared with the main system memory. Budget CPU’s have even less cache, this is the main way that the top processor manufacturers take the cost out of their budget CPU’s.

How does the CPU Cache work?

Without the cache memory every time the CPU requested data it would send a request to the main memory which would then be sent back across the memory bus to the CPU. This is a slow process in computing terms. The idea of the cache is that this extremely fast memory would store and data that is frequently accessed and also if possible the data that is around it. This is to achieve the quickest possible response time to the CPU. Its based on playing the percentages. If a certain piece of data has been requested 5 times before, its likely that this specific piece of data will be required again and so is stored in the cache memory.

Lets take a library as an example o how caching works. Imagine a large library but with only one librarian (the standard one CPU setup). The first person comes into the library and asks for Lord of the Rings. The librarian goes off follows the path to the bookshelves (Memory Bus) retrieves the book and gives it to the person. The book is returned to the library once its finished with. Now without cache the book would be returned to the shelf. When the next person arrives and asks for Lord of the Rings, the same process happens and takes the same amount of time.

If this library had a cache system then once the book was returned it would have been put on a shelf at the librarians desk. This way once the second person comes in and asks for Lord of the Rings, the librarian only has to reach down to the shelf and retrieve the book. This significantly reduces the time it takes to retrieve the book. Back to computing this is the same idea, the data in the cache is retrieved much quicker. The computer uses its logic to determine which data is the most frequently accessed and keeps them books on the shelf so to speak.

That is a one level cache system which is used in most hard drives and other components. CPU’s however use a 2 level cache system. The principles are the same. The level 1 cache is the fastest and smallest memory, level 2 cache is larger and slightly slower but still smaller and faster than the main memory. Going back to the library, when Lord of the Rings is returned this time it will be stored on the shelf. This time the library gets busy and lots of other books are returned and the shelf soon fills up. Lord of the Rings hasn’t been taken out for a while and so gets taken off the shelf and put into a bookcase behind the desk. The bookcase is still closer than the rest of the library and still quick to get to. Now when the next person come in asking for Lord of the Rings, the librarian will firstly look on the shelf and see that the book isn’t there. They will then proceed to the bookcase to see if the book is in there. This is the same for CPU’s. They check the L1 cache first and then check the L2 cache for the data they require.

Is more Cache always better?

The answer is mostly yes but certainly not always. The main problem with having too much cache memory is that the CPU will always check the cache memory before the main system memory. Looking at our library again as an example. If 20 different people come into the library all after different books that haven’t been taken out in quite a while but the library has been busy before and so the shelf and the bookcase are both full we have a problem. Each time a person asks for a book the librarian will check the shelf and then check the bookcase before realising that the book has to be in the main library. The librarian each time then trots off to get the book from the library. If this library had a non cache system it would actually be quicker in this instance because the librarian would go straight to the book in the main library instead of checking the shelf and the bookcase.

As the fact that non cache systems only work in certain circumstances and so in certain applications CPU’s are definitely better with a decent amount of cache. Applications such as MPEG encoders are not good cache users because they have a constant stream of completely different data.

Does cache only store frequently accessed data?

If the cache memory has space it will store data that is close to that of the frequently accessed data. Looking back again to our library. If the first person of the day comes into the library and takes out Lord of the Rings, the intelligent librarian may well place Lord of the Rings part II on the shelf. In this case when the person brings back the book, there is a good chance that they will ask for Lord of the Rings part II. As this will happen more times than not. It was well worth the Librarian going to fetch the second part of the book in case it was required.

Cache Hit and Cache Miss

Cache hit and cache miss are just simple terms for the accuracy of what goes into the CPU’s cache. If the CPU accesses its cache looking for data it will either find it or it wont. If the CPU finds what’s its after that’s called a cache hit. If it has to go to main memory to find it then that is called a cache miss. The percentage of hits from the overall cache requests is called the hit rate. You will be wanting to get this as high as possible for best performance.

The Bare Minimum Needed to Start Your Foreclosure Cleanup Business

One of the quickest ways to start a foreclosure cleanup business is to 1) decide you want it, 2) do a little planning, 3) and jump right in. If you think about it too long, you’ll scare yourself to death and will get stuck in the thinking phase. But with a business like foreclosure cleanup, the industry is wide open. All the numbers point to a booming enterprise for 2010 and beyond.

Top Economists’ Predictions

With top economists labeling the rise of foreclosures among prime borrowers the “third wave of trouble,” businesses offering foreclosure cleanup services are poised for tremendous growth. In 2010 alone, well over four million homeowners will receive foreclosure notices; over half of those will go through foreclosure.

Further still, $2.5 trillion in risky loans are expected to reset in 2010 and 2011. It’s predicted that many of these loans were given to people who couldn’t afford the payments from the outset, which will make for an even more congested foreclosure market.

Foreclosure cleanup is the perfect opportunity to start a business, and, with a little planning, your doors can be open in a few weeks, ready to capitalize while offering a much-needed service. And, it’s a business that can be started part-time while still working a job.

Planning Your Foreclosure Cleanup Business

Decide to take two weeks to plan your foreclosure cleanup business. Write a business plan (outline format is fine with detailed notes) so you have a direction, a path, for your business as it relates to services, pricing, equipment and marketing.

Figure Out Which Services to Offer

During your two week business planning stage, you will figure out which services you will start out with. Foreclosure cleanup services can run the gamut. You can offer everything from debris removal, cleaning, lawn care, pressure washing, gutter cleaning, interior cleaning, painting, winterization, window and door boarding and replacement, locksmith services, inspections, and more. If you’re not careful, you’ll be all over the place, so you’ll need to be really focused in choosing the services you want to start out with in your new business.

TIP: Keep it simple in the beginning. Start by offering only those services you know you can handle in-house — and only those services for which minimum equipment purchases are needed.

Setting Your Pricing

After you create a services list, do a little research and set up your pricing guidelines. These will change often based on various factors as jobs come in, but have basic pricing guidelines already setup before you open your doors. Call “like” services to see what they are charging for, for example, lawn maintenance, debris removal, gutter cleaning, etc. Set your prices competitively based on what they are charging, the job factors, what you are putting out, and how much you want to clear off the job.

Getting Your Foreclosure Cleanup Business License

Make sure you call your County Clerk’s office to see what kind of licensing you will need and register your business formally. Go to the IRS’ website and sign up for an Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, so you are right with Uncle Sam’s reporting requirements once the money starts to roll in.

Getting Insurance for Your Business

Next, call around and get insurance quotes. You’ll need basic liability for your business and the proper insurance for your vehicle. It’s easiest to start out as a janitorial/maintenance type service. That’s a category that’s easiest to get insurance under; but note, you can only offer services for which that insurance covers.

Setting Up Your Website

Then, set up a quick website. There are various website templates online for a little of nothing will allow you to setup a quick webpage. Visit template sites where you can setup a website cheaply or for free.

At minimum, you will want to list information about your company, its services and your contact information on your new website.

Ordering Your Business Cards

Next, you will want to order your business cards. Try to have your business cards match the theme and/or colors of your website. This is another good reason to use printing type websites for your web page. You can order cards that will match your website’s theme easily.

Some sites even allow you to order “free” business cards if you keep their company name on the back of your cards. Not a bad tradeoff to cut costs in the start-up phase of your foreclosure cleanup business. You will wind up paying for shipping of the cards, however. (One such site will send you 100 “free” business cards and you will pay only a few dollars in shipping for the cards. Not bad.)

Create Your Marketing Material

Order some matching postcards online for your foreclosure cleanup business, and create some fliers on your computer that you can print out. Then, take them to a copy shop and duplicate — and start papering your surrounding community.

Pull Together Your Call List

Next, you will want to pull together a call list of realtors in your areas (foreclosure realtors!) as well as a list of REO assets managers at banks, a list of larger property preservation companies, and a list of landlords and real estate investors. Then you’ll want to jump right in calling them and seeing how you can service them with your new business.

Come up with a special promotion to peek especially the realtors’ interests. Also, offer them a discount if they belong to, say, NAR (National Association of Realtors). Many realtors will be coming out-of-pocket for foreclosure cleanup expenditures on their listings and will be waiting to get paid from the banks. They will appreciate a price break from your company.

Create a Phone Script for Your Business

Write a phone script so you will already know what you want to say when you call potential clients.

TIP: Make sure you get your company name and your company’s services in there. If you get a voicemail when calling, be sure to include the best time a potential client can reach you, your phone number, and your website address so they can learn more about your company.

The Basics!

These are just the basics to get your business off the ground quickly. Do a little industry research and get started planning today! As your business grows, you will become more formalized and add more policies and procedures that will ultimately benefit you, your business, and what is a growing cache of foreclosed homes.

Good luck out there on the front lines of the foreclosure cleanup industry!