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Product Design

Digital Flip Clock by Idea

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This compact alarm clock is perfect for any nightstand and illuminates with the push of a button. The battery powered clock comes in three different colorways, all have a sense of nostalgia. Fully digital, the changing of the time mimics an old flip clock. Dream about the past and wake up in the present- Be sure and check out the larger wall mounted version as well!

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Product Design

Victorinox 13-Slot Tablet Knife Block

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The innovative Victorinox knife block with shelf keeps your tablet, eBook, small cookbook, recipe or appliance instruction manual at the ideal angle for easy viewing.

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Product Design

Drummerz Tablet Drumsticks

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Take your show on the road with Drummerz drumsticks and turn any iPad or Tablet into the ultimate drum set. Each Drummerz drumstick features a plastic inner core surrounded by a highly conductive rubber-like material. The patent pending design allows for more flexibility and play while providing the feel and action of a real set of drumsticks. Also included are drumstick tips for more sensitivity and tablet responsiveness.

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Home & Interiors

Fixed Frame Outdoor Projection Screen

 Fixed Frame Outdoor Projection Screen

The DIY Outdoor Movie Screen is made of a theater-grade PVC material that is easily fastened into place by use of its corner grommets. They evenly spread out the material tension for a flat projection surface and readily attach to their surrounding environment such as garage door frames, walls, trees and pole supports. The screen features DynaWhite 1.1 gain matte white material and rigging cords are included.

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Design

20 Beautiful Concepts Depicting Death and Dying

Death. That’s a very scary word.

Nobody want’s to die. If they do, they’re free to check out at any point and time. Now I’m not advocating suicide, I’m simply stating the fact that everybody wants to live. If life was so awful, this entire planet wouldn’t have a single human on it.

Life is fun. Life is great. Life is well… life. Nobody knows for sure what we’re doing on this tiny rocks that’s floating in space. We all have different theories and opinions, however not a single person on this planet knows exactly why we are here and what we are supposed to do.

I think everybody has to make their own path and answer for the mistakes they’ve made. Life is like minesweeper. When you start out you have no information on what’s best to do and where to start. You just have to go, a.k.a. start clicking. If you click in the right spot, you might create better options and opportunities for yourself.

Some people are lucky while others are not so lucky. There will be moments in your life when you’re loaded with many options and openings. Other times, you will have to stop, look around, and deeply think before you make your next move.

Life isn’t always fair. If it was, there wouldn’t be people dying of hunger every day. Some people are unlucky and no matter how well they plan or how smart they are they will be in an impossible position. All you can do is move forward and hope you make the right choices.

The only difference between life and minesweeper, is that when you make a mistake in minesweeper, it’s over. When you make a mistake in life, it changes the way you play. Unless of course your life is as a minesweeper, then a mistake is the end in either case…

I’m sorry if that was a geeky analogy, however I think it makes sense.

In the end Death is inevitable. He catches everybody. The only thing you can do is to live your life to the fullest and enjoy every single moment of it.

Today we collected well thought out illustrations, artworks, and images portraying death. I’m not trying to get you “inspired” about death. I simply thought it would be a great idea to take a look at creative concepts and ideas that symbolize death. I ended up finding great examples, which had to be shared with others. Enjoy!

Til Death do us part by Fresh Doodle

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Life, Death, Time, Eternity

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Life asked death… by Budi Satria Kwan

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Technology

6 Frugal Survey Tools for Bloggers

Why Should Bloggers Survey Their Readers?

If you want to be an established blogger, you need to have a good idea of who your audience is or what they want. If you have an idea of who your audience is, you can give them what they want, and, hopefully, as a result, get more subscribers.

If you’re considering selling a product to your readers, knowing what they’re interested in can give you some idea of what they would be interested in purchasing. You might have a lot of viewers, so it’s not like you can ask them all to send you an email. It could take a long time to read through them all. The best way to learn about your audience as a blogger is by issuing surveys to your readers.

You can conduct surveys to figure out:

Your Demographics: This will help you figure out how many female/male readers you have on your website, their income, age, interests, professions, etc.
Your Future Products: What kind of products would your readers be interested in? What frustrates them the most? Survey them, and then use the data to figure out what your next product should be.

Your Content: What content do your readers like? Don’t know? Well, simply ask them. Do they like short and sweet articles, or long and well researched articles? How many articles do they have time for on a daily or weekly schedule? Questions like these will allow you to figure out what type of content your should focus on.
Your Problems: Ask your readers what kind of mistakes you’re making. What can you do better? What should you change? Get creative with these type of question. Sometimes, your readers know you better than you do.

Surveys are easy, fast, and leave you with interesting statistics. These statistics can give you a good sense of direction for your blog. There are many frugal or free survey tools. How do you know which one to use? To answer this question for myself, I decided to explore some of the best tools available today. After my research, I ended up with 6 great survey tools. Read below to find which one is best for you!

1. Google Forms

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Through Google Drive, you can create a Form, and then select a survey template. Google Forms is best for conducting small-scale surveys. Google doesn’t put a limit on the number of surveys you can issue per month or on the amount of space you have to store the results, like some other sites do. You have a lot of control over the forms themselves, even over the design of the page. Furthermore, once you are done collecting results and are ready to analyze your results, you can view your results in charts or graphs. Google Forms are easy to share. You can link your readers to a survey you created or even embed it in your blog.

2. WP-Polls

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If you have a WordPress based website, you should consider using a WordPress plugin to issue your polls. WP-Poll surveys are easy to embed, and allow you to choose from a bunch of templates to create your survey. You can also edit the CSS to get your survey looking exactly how you want it. A recent change to WP-Polls allows survey questions to allow multiple answers. I would highly recommend this tool for beginners.

3. SurveyMonkey

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SurveyMonkey is a well-known tool for conducting surveys but puts limits on their free surveys. If you want to issue a free survey using SurveyMonkey, you can’t ask more than 10 questions or collect more than 100 responses. If you want more functionality than that, you’ll have sign up to one of their plans. SurveyMonkey is a good option, it’s easy and intuitive to use. Similar to Google Forms, you can view results on charts for simple analysis.

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Fun Yeah!

Achieve Work Life Balance Through an Integrated Lifestyle

Products become obsolete. Ideas become obsolete. Work-life balance is becoming obsolete. Shocking? It shouldn’t be. Work-life balance implies a total separation between the two categories of ‘work’ and ‘life’ and that’s a problem. It forces you to label things as either one or the other. Why would you want parts of your life disconnected from each other when you are one person living one life?

The Problem with Work-Life Balance

Trying to completely separate work from life results in a lack of synergy. Is it possible for my co-worker to be a friend, or just a person who shares my office space? Can I bill my employer for the time I spent brainstorming work ideas at 10pm? This lack of synergy between work and life makes you start to lose value and start spending more time fitting parts of your life in a box. Two major areas are affected with work-life compartmentalization:

Relationships
Work Productivity

Work-Life Balance and Relationships

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Our lives are filled with multiple activities like work, sports, and religion and within these activities we meet people with different backgrounds. Each person provides us with an opportunity to derive value from that relationship. You begin to lose value in your life when you miss out on these opportunities because someone is categorized as a co-worker and therefor not in your social network.

For example, you befriend someone on a sports team whom you have many conversations. One day after a game, you begin to discuss a problem you’re having at work with budgeting. Your friend happens to have a background in finance and offers you some valuable advice and coaching. Is he or she now a work relationship or a friend relationship? Do you continue to seek advice even though s/he is just a friend? You are now wasting valuable time and resources debating how to categorize this relationship.

Work-Life Balance and Productivity

The midday slump is the time after lunch when motivation dips and is an infamous productivity killer at work. Since you’ve labeled and dedicated that space and time to work you have limited options on how to remedy the lack of motivation. Instead of taking a break from the day you resign yourself to staring off into space hoping for a miraculous recovery. What a waste of productivity!

Value of an Integrated Lifestyle

The value of an integrated lifestyle is eliminating the unproductive times and capitalizing on every relationship you have. It allows you to think outside the box and work when you best work. When the midday slump occurs, go for a run. Take an hour to reenergize. Your work and productivity will thank you. When a co-worker invites you out for lunch, take him or her up on it.

Those bonds that begin to develop will foster relationships, dialog, cooperation and thinking that will transcend the time in attendance work model. Power comes when your life is seamless and integrated. By having a rigid time set for work and life you start to spend more time worrying about balancing each of those times and less on enjoying what you do. An integrated approach optimizes your total life allowing you to capitalize on each and every moment.

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Fun Yeah!

31 Cool Accessories for your iPhone

Without a doubt the accessory market for the iPhone is flooded. It’s mind-blowing how much cool, unique, and creative products there are for the iPhone. This is good and bad, meaning that you’re much more likely to get jibbed into buying junk that will break in a month or so. But don’t let that discourage you, there are still incredible attachments out there for you to take advantage of.

Being a fan of Apple products myself, I’ve decided to share some cool accessories for your iPhone that will enhance your experience and make your life easier. Every single product mentioned below, is sold on Amazon.com. So before you buy something, make sure to read some reviews about the product. Personally I like to read the 5 star and 1 star reviews. This gives me a good balance between the pros and cons of the product. Another tip would be to search for reviews on Youtube for that product.

As for buying from Amazon, I’ve never had problems in my life. I constantly use Amazon to buy books, gadgets, houseware products, food, and much more. My latest joy in life is the Jambox by Jawbone. A small bluetooth speaker that’s surprisingly loud for its size. Its battery life is around ten hours. It’s useful to have while you’re at the beach, doing work around the house, or just handing out with your friends.

Without further ado, we hope you’ll find these accessories useful. Enjoy!

Une Bobine Flexible Charger

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Une Bobine is a flexible and eclectic stand, sync, and charging cable for your iPhone or iPod Touch. The cable can be flexed in different positions, coiled, wrapped around objects.

iPhone Fan

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Brand new cooling dock fan for your iPhone, iPod, or iPad. The fan and wings are soft, so it is more than safe to use!

Precise Gaming Micro Arcade Joystick

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Take control of your games with a physical joystick with rubberized grip and a capacitive suction cup design for precise gaming.

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Typography

How and Where to Get Free eBooks

Physical books are dying. Many people find that it’s easier to carry around one device and read eBooks than it is to use physical books. The Internet is like your library, but it’s open 24/7. You can find a lot of eBooks for free online. You just have to know where to look.

Keep in mind that if you find eBooks of a proprietary file format, such as AZW or KF8 for Kindle, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you need the device to read them. You can install Amazon’s Kindle Reading apps to read Kindle books on most of your devices. Searching Google for other file formats will likely guide you to other free eBook readers that support those formats. However, most eBooks are in PDF format, which can easily be viewed on most devices using a PDF viewer.

Now that you know how to view eBooks, here are the 8 best places to find them for free:

1. PDFGeni

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Many people know which book or which type of book that they want to read. Using an eBook search engine, like PDFGeni, is the easiest way to find a specific book. PDFGeni is as easy and intuitive as Google. All you need to do is type in the book or type of book that you want to read and then skim through the search results. If you aren’t sure exactly what you’re looking for, you can check out the top 100 book categories or trending books pages, which can be accessed by clicking the links at the bottom of the home page.

2. Project Gutenberg

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Project Gutenberg is the oldest eBook library, having been founded in 1971 by Michael Hart. Project Gutenberg has over 43,000 free eBooks, all of which were published by established book publishers. Most of the eBooks that Project Gutenberg offers are public domain books, or books for which the copyrights have expired. So if you are looking for an older book, Project Gutenberg is a great place to start. Volunteers proofread their eBooks, so they are of high quality.

3. Amazon

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Amazon has over one million eBooks, thousands of which are free. Along with the older, classic eBooks that websites like Project Gutenberg have, Amazon has a large variety of current eBooks. You can easily view and download the top 100 free eBooks overall or by genre. One nice aspect of using Amazon to get eBooks is that you can read Amazon reviews about an eBook that you are considering downloading.

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Fun Yeah!

Stop Being Dumb, and Make More Mistakes

Good title right? Now I’m not trying to insult you, so please allow me to explain what I mean.

Mistakes are awesome. They allow us to learn. If you’re not making them, you’re not living. As humans we’re not perfect. To be perfectly honest, we’re far from it. Learning new things and going through new experiences allows us to grow.

As kids we often ignore what our parents say. “Don’t do X, because Y will happen.” We don’t believe them, and ignore their advice. Then, when we’re trying to be quote on quote “rebellious,” we learn the hard way. I think almost every kid has experienced this. They don’t want to listen to their parents’ advice, and end up making mistakes. The, “I told you so,” tagline stings the most.

Today I would like to share some thoughts on failure and mistakes. The goal of this article is for you to overcome the fear of making mistakes and not to beat yourself up about them.

You must learn to overcome the fear of failure

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Failure sucks. It’s not fun, easy, or a smooth ride. When we fail, we’re essentially facing a huge opponent. That opponent wins every time we feel sadness or regret about our mistakes. The only way we can defeat our opponent is to learn new things from our failure.

Sit down and take some time to deeply think about what just happened. I don’t care what your situation is, it’s not the end of the world. Somewhere in the world right now, somebody has it way worse than you. So feeling sorry for yourself is silly.

I used to do this whenever I failed in something. Poor me. I didin’t get this, I didn’t do that, blah blah blah. Trying to change the past isn’t going to help you in the future. You’ve got to look ahead and brush off your shoulders. Take a moment to deconstruct what caused that mistake, what you’ve learned because of that mistake, and how you can avoid it in the future. Simple as that.

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Technology

How to Set Up a Dual Monitor Computer Station

Having a dual screen monitor does not just look great. It can also boost a person’s productivity. Whether they are working on a video, editing large images, managing a team or simply playing online games, dual monitors will give a person more space to work on their projects. The best-priced dual monitors usually start at about $297. They are available at leading stores throughout the U.S. such as Best Buy.

Steps to follow when setting up a dual monitoring computer station.

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Step 1: Check the Computer Ports

To start installing a dual or touch screen monitor; a person needs one video out connection at the back of their computer for every monitor. VGA, DVI and HDMI are the three types of connections used. To achieve optimum results, utilize two of the same connectors in the dual monitor setup.

If a person has a monitor that includes a dual DVI cable, they can purchase an adapter that attaches to their VGA connector. This allows them to hook it up to a DVI port. At the same time, the capability to set up dual monitors depends on the CPU and graphics card. A graphics card that is more powerful means that the display has more pixels. This produces a higher quality display in a dual setup.

Step 2: Attach the Second Monitor to the Open Port

In many cases, Windows will immediately detect a new monitor. It not, then it is important to restart the computer. Always remember that the monitors do not need to be identical. However, buying monitors that are the same size makes for much easier viewing as the desktop being used stays uniform.

Step 3: Always Follow the Monitor Setup Standards

In many cases, a new monitor will automatically start working when it is plugged in. People will be given the option to either extend or mirror their desktops. Mirroring means duplicating what is shown on the primary monitor while extending makes their second monitor another screen for their desktop.

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Design

35 Beautiful Restaurant Menu Designs

Restaurants often over look their menu designs. I’m sure you’ve probably visited numerous restaurants with ugly menus. If you’re a restaurant owner, you might think that the design of your menu isn’t very important. Your top two priorities are probably to provide great service and quality food.

Now I’m not going to bullshit anybody and say that everybody in the world understands and cares about design. This is clearly untrue. In my life I’ve seen many average people using ugly products, going to half-assed restaurants, buying crappy furniture, buying ugly cars, etc. Many people go through life not giving a damn about design, functionality, and aesthetics. That’s all good and dandy, however you must not forget about intelligent people.

Now I don’t want to sounds arrogant, but I’m not your average joe. When I visit a restaurant that offers great service, a beautiful setting, quality food, outstanding all around design, great time, friendly waiters, etc. I’m flabbergasted. I notice the little things and appreciate the hard work of others.

On the other hand, when I see a restaurant cut corners, I feel cheated.

If a restaurant is clearly profitable. Why not hire a professional designer to create some beautiful business cards, flyers, menus, etc.? If you, as a restaurant owner, care about the image of your business, you’re not going to overlook design aspect of it. If you’re too cheap to invest in your own business, that pretty much sums up what kind of business owner you are.

Please don’t think that the menu is the only thing you have to focus on. I think every single restaurant needs a beautiful website to stand out from their local competitors, take advantage of social media, have a memorable logo design, provide quality service, use creative marketing techniques to bring in visitors, have beautiful exterior and interior design, and to never cut corners (even if your going to lose money).

The Inside

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Applebee’s Anywhere

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Cask & Larder

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Art

Magnificent Cassette Art by Erika Iris Simmons

Remember those weird things called audio cassette tapes? Technology has changed so much since then. Now you can pay $10 a month and have access to 25+ million songs via Spotify. I still have to pinch myself to believe that. While we can go on and on about the evolution of physical and digital media, I would like to focus your attention on a unique artist.

Erika Iris Simmons is an internet freelance artist known as iri5. She specializes in utilizing non traditional media such as old books, audio cassettes, playing cards, magazines, credit cards, recyclable material, and anything else she can get here hands on.

One day, going through an old car, Erica Iris ran into an audio cassette of Jimi Hendrix recordings. This enticed her to draw this artist using the cassette tape, and thus her creative idea was born!

Seeing how much attention her piece received from people sharing it online, she decided to create more. The results were combined into a series she calls “Ghost in the Machine.” The series portrays celebrities/musicians such as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Bob Dylan, Robert DiNero, Paul Griffith, and more.

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Design

30 Outstanding Full-screen Websites

I think full-screen websites provide a vivid experience for the user. Seeing the entire picture, rather that a boxed layout, is very pleasing and makes me feel like I’m virtually visiting a new real estate. I know that might sounds a bit out there, but it’s the way I feel. If you technically think about it, websites are basically virtual property. People buy and sell homes in the ‘Real World,’ and the same goes for the ‘Internet World.’

When you’re designing a full-screen website, you should focus on utilizing the empty space on the page. I’m not advocating complexity, but something that will capture the viewer’s attention in a captivating way. Flash is dying slowly, and these days Javascript and HTML5 make it perfectly feasible to make use of the user’s entire monitor. Full-screen websites are also a great way to flaunt beautiful photography, designs, and typography.

Today we would like to share with you thirty well designed full-screen websites. We collected websites that grabbed our attention, which resulted in further exploration and clicking. This is the exact effect you should replicate for your full-screen website. You must make the user feel irresistibly curious.

Coffee Surfing

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Road Trippers

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Portraits

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Technology

Don’t Be Cheap: Why The “Let’s Scrimp” Mentality Won’t Work For Business

Entrepreneurs start businesses to build wealth, to create a legacy, and to do something worthwhile. This takes money, which they don’t have to begin with. As a result, many small business owners take the cheap route to entrepreneurship. The cheap route can include anything free to shoddy, which damages their brand and their professional image.

Going cheap might sound like the only way out, but it isn’t. This mentality kills. Here’s how it’s more damaging than you thought.

Money = Money. Business is Like That.

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One overarching difference between regular employment and business is the fact that business is a wealth-builder while employment helps you pay bills. In finance, we learn about “Risk-Return Tradeoff” which points to maximum returns gained with maximum risk undertaken. Employment has almost no risk, and hence low and predictable returns. Business, on the other hand, flirts with risk. The more risk you take, the better your returns are.

Risk isn’t free. It costs money. The demands a business makes on itself take their toll. You start off with business setup, registration, buying a domain name, office space, and computer equipment. You then need to hire staff, advertise, and spend on software and whatever else your business needs. Demands are in the form of time as well as money. One of the most obvious is the time you spend thinking of a name for your startup while one that hits you later is checking out reviews for web hosting providers that match the way your site is set up.

All that you spend, including time, effort and money, on your business is your investment, and you ideally want work to earn multiple times this investment.

The starting premise is simple: if you don’t invest, there is virtually no business to run. Even the most inexpensive of the businesses (the kitchen sink or work from home variety) has expenses.

While you don’t have to invest a million dollars regardless of your endeavor, you still have to spend to get your business off the ground. If you don’t pay enough to get the best talent, for instance, you’d make do with the mediocre, and that affects your business in the long run.

Invest to Impress

What you invest in – and what you don’t – says volumes about your business.

You are already driving perceptions straight to your customers’ mind about how you present yourself and your business. Going cheap on basic investments tells customers exactly what they can expect to get from you if they do decide to part with their hard-earned cash. Brochures on cheap quality paper, a website that looks like it belongs to the 90s, office space in an obscure neighborhood, all contribute to what customers perceive. As they go about forming their first impressions, they better see what they like.

You don’t have to go out on a limb to build an identity because it happens over time. All you need is a reasonably good logo, an interactive website, a good brand presence, and oodles of attitude.

You Scrimp, They Scrimp

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Historically, there have always been businesses that play by costs and low prices (too many to list). There are others that charge a premium for their brand (think Mercedes) and/or sheer ingenuity of design (the name Ferrari pops up). Then, there are brands that build a reputation over time and then gradually add a premium for ownership (Land Rover comes to mind).

Here’s the thing about brands: If you scrimp on costs and initial investments, not giving a thought to how your customers perceive your business, you’re hurting your own chances to charge high for your services. You might charge for the sake of charging and you might even be able to justify your premium rates but you’d have to work extra hard if the perceptions aren’t doing the initial grunt work for you.

If charging high and making profits is the essence of your business, “looking good” was never this important.

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