Industrial Furniture: Does Your Workplace Really Need It?

Furniture is an important aspect of the workplace – and it must never be underestimated. And that is a fact.Why?Having the right furniture pieces can consequently contribute to the betterment of the workplace. Having the wrong ones, on the other hand, can cause disarray and unnecessary problems.The same rule applies to industrial furniture. After all, this type of furniture has a specific purpose – and this is to increase efficiency in the workplace. Accordingly, it also boasts of greater durability, which in turn, can mean more benefits for those who use it.Unfortunately, there are still many who don’t know what industrial furniture is, as well as the benefits it brings along. And that is the reason for this article.So, let’s now answer the question: does your workplace really need industrial furniture?It Is More DurableWhether it may be chairs, tables, cabinets or other furniture pieces – if you’re using industrial furniture, then you can be assured that it will be more durable compared to other furniture types.Take note: these furniture pieces are made of industrial-strength materials. Being so, they are made of components that are built for heavy-duty use and durability. The usual materials used for this furniture are steel, wood, aluminum, leather and other components.It Offers Greater EfficiencyWhen you have durable furniture – then you will be more efficient at what you do. After all, it takes away the dangers of work, as well as the wasted time in having to fix broken chairs and tables.Industrial furniture pieces such as height adjustable tables have been specifically designed for greater efficiency. This type of table can actually be adjusted according to one’s vertical needs – thereby offering greater comfort, which in turn, can result to greater productivity.It Brings Beauty to the WorkplacePeople have this notion that industrial furniture pieces can only be used for factories and laboratories. However, this need not be the case all the time.Many industrial furniture pieces are actually quite aesthetically-pleasing, which means they can actually add more beauty to the workplace. Beautiful countertops, wooden cabinets and industrial chairs are just some of the furniture pieces that don’t only get an “A” in the functionality category, but aesthetics as well.Note: did you know that some establishments such as spas, restaurants and hotels make use of industrial furniture and service counters for their customer waiting rooms? Yes. Accordingly, this is proof that indeed, this furniture type is more than what many think it is.It Brings Comfort to UsersComfort is another characteristic of industrial furniture that many are not familiar with.There are industrial chairs that have actually been ergonomically designed for comfort and convenience. And as mentioned earlier, adjustable tables have likewise been designed for easy adjustment according to the user’s needs. There are many other pieces that bring comfort and ergonomics to into the picture. All you need to do is to take your pick.It Creates More SavingsThe more durable the furniture – the lesser expenses there will be. After all, using durable furniture means a lesser chance of having to spend money on repairs or replacement.Using sturdy and comfortable furniture pieces can also mean greater efficiency, as it can help reduce stress and increased productivity. Ultimately, this can mean greater profitability for the business as well.And so, let’s go back to the question: does your workplace really need industrial furniture? Well, if you’re looking for efficiency, reliability, aesthetics, comfort, durability and savings – then the answer is certainly “yes”. Of course, the choice is really all up to you.Note: If ever you do decide to invest in some industrial furniture pieces for your workplace, make sure to deal only with reputable manufacturers or dealers. By doing so, you can be assured you’ll get the most out of your investment and that you will enjoy all the features of this furniture type – and more.

How I Got Into the Game Industry

Not long ago, I was a starry-eyed kid who wanted to make video games for a living. I grew up with Mario and had every Nintendo home console from the Super NES forward. I was even one of those entrepreneurial types who made fan sites. It started simply with AOL’s free web space and then grew slowly to other free web space sites until finally a domain of its own. That site was known as The N Chamber–guess what the N stood for–and at one point Google had listed us first for the search phrase: “Nintendo dolphin.” Those were certainly good times but unfortunately our web presence was connected with eFront and their scandal brought everything to a fiery collapse.At this point I was maybe 14 or 15 years old developing websites and offering my “opinion” on the industry news and with game reviews. To think that anyone seriously listened to what I had to say is laughable to me today. But, I was a fan and I loved the industry–if nothing else, I learned a lot about web development and the game industry. After the eFront meltdown, I was still active in the game fan site arena and worked on a few more websites before I finally called it quits. I tried to resurrect The N Chamber on numerous occasions but, it was not the same for a variety reasons including Google no longer listing us in a favorable search position and realizing it was futile trying to compete with the likes of IGN or Gamespot–blogs were not a big thing yet. Nonetheless, I worked on multi-platform gaming websites–GamerPlay/WiredPlay–and although they didn’t get very far, I learned a lot of PHP and MySQL programming as I was bent on creating my own content management system.I was probably 16 or 17 in the end days of my fansite years. I had still not actually made a real game yet. I tried learning C++ on my own but, that never got too far. In my last two years of high school, we had majors. I had picked the Computer Science major and it was there that I really learned how to code. I took C++ and Java as well as Web Design–which was cake for me–and a computer architecture class–didn’t care for that class and still don’t. Luckily, my programming classes were not super strict so we got to create games for our projects. Programming anything else would have just been ridiculously boring. My first “games” were generally crappy ASCII graphics experiences but, I had a blast. We made a really dumbed down ASCII “Final Fantasy” like RPG that had one level in my first semester. In the second semester, we did some card games but, the project I was most proud of was an ASCII version of Defender. It only had one level as well but I managed to figure out how to have the game scroll so enemies would come towards you while you moved your plane. We figured out how to use color and sound. It was the biggest game I had ever made at the time–and I thoroughly loved it.Come senior year of high school and senioritis was totally setting in. No one wanted to do any real work. Outside of my programming classes, I just got my B’s and was plenty happy with it. But, in my Java class, it was more game making. We did some crappy projects that was supposed to teach us what we needed to know for the Advanced Placement exam but for the final projects, we could do whatever we wanted. I made a version of Missile Command in my first semester. With Java, we could more easily use windows, draw shapes, and import images so this was the first game I had made that wasn’t in ASCII. If I were to look at my code for that game today, I’d probably cringe in pain but, I loved it then. Each game that I did pushed the bar a little higher so for the final project of my last semester, I attempted to recreate Super Mario Bros. it was the best looking game that I had ever made because I basically took the graphics off the Internet. The performance was not so hot but I still loved doing it. Mario moved, jumped, stomped and all that and the enemies moved and the screen scrolled but, it was all imperfect–I did the best I could.Upon graduating high school, I received the gold medal in Computer Science for the class of ’04. I wasn’t the best programmer–I might have been the best Computer Science student grades-wise. It was probably a mixture of the image that I had created of myself and the grades. It was all about marketing which, ironically, is the major I settled on in college. The first college that I chose to attend was the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona. They had a game design program and was probably one of the best schools for that at the time. There are all kinds of schools that have game design programs today. I took some game related courses and because it was a multimedia major, I also took classes in Photoshop and Illustrator as well as XHTML.Being the go-getter that I am, before I started my college career I got an internship over the summer with a game company in New York–my home. I tried contacting every game company in the city that I could find and only one ever got back to me–Black Hammer Game. All I did while I was there was test a game: Supremacy: Four Paths to Power. It was a turn-based strategy game and I am not a big fan of those types of games. I didn’t really learn too much and there were other issues going on with the game but, I did meet Nikita Mikros–who happens to be my boss today. So the summer ended, I got something nice to write on my resume and off to college I went.Everything was new and nice in Arizona. It was a different environment than NYC and it was college. I did pretty damn well in my first semester maintaining a near 4.0 GPA but, I did not end up staying and finishing my degree in game design. I transferred back to New York where I went to school for business. Pretty crazy choice considering how much I loved games, right? Perhaps. I really didn’t think that I needed a game specific degree to make games and considering what I am doing today, maybe I was right.The day I got back to New York, I was scheduled to appear in a meeting at a company that my friend worked for–they needed a programmer and apparently I could program. This was a company that did web-based programming work so that was what I did. Luckily I had the knowledge from all the days I spent working on those websites. I worked there for a little over two years and it was, if nothing else, good experience and I improved my programming. I wasn’t making games–though I tried to lobby for it–but, programming is programming. I still followed the news in the game industry and once or twice attempted to work on gaming websites again but, they fell pretty flat.I left my job doing web-based work a little towards the middle of 2007 and started at a game company–Tiny Mantis Entertainment, founded by Nikita Mikros of Black Hammer Game. I had kept in some contact with Nik Mikros and did a small project for him but, that was about it. It was pretty coincidental that he needed a programmer and I was sick of my old job. So there it was, I was in the game industry. This isn’t Electronic Arts and I’m not working on Halo but, I still love doing it a lot more than “web applications”. In the year that I’ve been working at Tiny Mantis, I’ve done quite a few different projects–some of which aren’t really games and some that will never see the light of day. I did the programming for Lil’ Bush: Iraq Hero for Comedy Central, a Poker game for the France-based Boonty, and a sequel to an Ed, Edd, N’ Eddy game for Cartoon Network. You might see some ad banners from Hyundai programmed by yours truly at some point in the near future as well.Sometimes, I can’t believe that I am doing what I am doing. Some kids wish to be an astronaut or something and then maybe they’ll get there. I feel generally blessed that I’m able to get paid to do what I really want to do–make games. I can’t say I want to be programming forever but I love the industry. I was interviewed by a high school student aspiring to get into games not too long ago. It reminded me of my own unmapped road and I was glad to be able to offer some insight. I don’t know everything and I’m still “new” to the industry but, I hope I was able to offer him something. I didn’t get to tell him my entire story as I have here and that is probably why I wrote this. This is my experience of how I got here. There are probably better ways to break into the industry and every year new people are working at EA, Activision, Midway, Nintendo, Microsoft, etc. I can only offer my story in hopes that other starry-eyed kids dreaming of working in the game industry can take away something from my experience.

Home Business Tips – Protect Your Business Time (Learn to Say No)

Saying “no” is something that tons of people in our society today are not very good at. We can all become a little healthier and happier by learning to say NO.
Get some stress relief just by learning to say NO!
Find more time for your business by learning to say NO!
Discover more energy for yourself by learning to say NO!
As much as it may be difficult for you to say no to a new project, idea or request, there are many times it would be in your own best interest to do just that.Here are just a few benefits for your business when you say no…You are in control of your time and you will be able to give your full attention to fulfilling previous commitments. There are times when you say Yes just one time too often and find that you have to burn the midnight oil simply to honor your commitments. Often when you do say that last Yes you will find that you don’t complete any of your jobs/projects as well as you had expected.When you say no you give yourself time to try new things. There are times when that new thing could be the learning or project that can take you and your business to a whole new level. Being sure you have time in your schedule to test new programs, different procedures or a new marketing method will ensure that your business continues to grow long term.When you say no it can reduce your stress level because you will not be over committed. Stress can lead to being tired all the time, or worse getting sick. Give yourself the time you need for you, that way both you and your business will benefit. Personally I really notice a difference in my creativity and productivity if I stress myself out.Give yourself the time to think about the request, telling the person you will get back to them allows you the time to find out if it really does fit into your schedule. Is this really the most effective way to invest you time right now? Will it be productive for them as well as you?With social media marketing it really is important that you learn to say no to all the “new & shiny things” that you will come across as you are reading the posts and tweets of all your friends and followers. There is sooooo much information coming at you all at once being focused on your own tasks and business can be very challenging.