GUEST POST: Woodbridge Jewelry Store Owner’s Custom Designed Gold Pendants Win Multiple Awards in Multinational Contest
Jeweler and Goldsmith Terence Quinn Wins Again in Palm Springs, California Event February 25, 2015 OCCOQUAN, VA- Mr. Terence Quinn, owner and president of Quinn’s Goldsmith and http://QuinnsGoldOnline.com received, for the second year in a row, First place at a custom design show held at the Independent Jewelers Organization (IJO) Conference in Palm Springs, California. This year, Mr. Quinn won three First Place Awards and one Second Place Award for jewelry that was entered into the contest. IJO has over 800 members from the United States and Canada. Approximately one hundred entries were submitted for the design contest. Mr. Quinn won in all four categories; first place for three categories and second place for one category. The First Place Awards are for a Silver and 14KT Gold Tourmaline and Diamond Pendant, a 14KT Gold Opal and Diamond Pendant, and a 10CT Morganite and Diamond Pendant set in 14KT Rose Gold. The Second Place Award was for an18KT Gold Diamond, Tanzanite, and Opal Pendant. Mr. Quinn was notably recognized for last year (2014) First place and Honorable Mention wins but this year was even greater allowing Mr. Quinn to showcase his talents and expand into different categories. Quinn’s Goldsmith will reach world-class milestone in August 2015 by celebrating 25 years in business in Historic Occoquan, Virginia. A second location at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge, Virginia was opened in February 2011. In 2014 they opened their first online jewelry store, Quinn’s Gold Online. For more information, please visit: http://www.quinnsgoldsmith.com or http://QuinnsGoldOnline.com or call 703-494-1662.
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Purchased a Kingston 480GB SSD drive upgrade kit for $280 which came with Acronis Image.
Pretty simple process to setup you just install it in in empty drive bay (make sure your BIOS is configured to recognize the drive), boot the Acronis CD which comes with the Kingston SSD upgrade kit, and in about 30 minutes it had copied about 200 GB of data to the new SSD. Removed the old SATA drive, rebooted and man was that fast! Everything from startup / boot speed to Windows Explorer and programs–it is all much faster now. http://www.kingston.com/us/ssd/install
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The Surface with Windows RT does five things an iPad simply can’t:
- It allows connections to external devices. You can plug a micro-SD card into the slot hidden beneath the kickstand and instantly increase available storage. My review unit came with 64GB of internal storage and a 64GB SD card, giving it a very impressive 113.5GB of storage. The availability of a USB 2.0 slot means you can connect USB flash drives for easy file transfer, or connect to a printer to produce a hard copy of a document without having to jump through hoops.
- It supports Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer. Yes, Flash takes some much-justified abuse for its performance and security woes, but it also powers a lot of web-based applications that people depend on, especially in educational segments.
The new version of Windows has been released to beta testing, except don’t call it that, it is a “consumer preview”. I downloaded a 64 bit version (better have a real high speed Internet connection as it clocks at over 3GB) and burned the ISO image to a DVD, then it ran a compatibility check and said my Microsoft Office 2010 would be okay but not my antivirus software, MS Security Essentials. Went ahead and uninstalled it and then after saying it was okay to check for updates, the installer asked if I wanted to keep my Windows settings, apps and files (upgrade) or not (clean install). The laptop I am installing the Windows 8 Preview is just an old HP Pavilion dv2000 which originally came with XP. I had done a clean install of Windows 7 64 bit on a fresh hard drive last year so I really wanted to see how an UPGRADE would work. A source of constant frustration with the upgrade path from XP to 7? Well basically it is non-existent, though it does keep your files in that WindowsOLD folder. After about thirty minutes since the install began, looks like I have the final reboot. I’ll post later on the outcome…..
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You would have to really be a long, long way off the grid to have not heard the news by now: Steve Jobs, Apple CEO and TechnoWunderkind, died last week at the age of 56, from a brutal bout with a nasty cancer of the pancreas. During his triumphant return to Apple he revolutionized the personal music player with the iPod, dragged the illegal music “sharing” business to legitimacy through the iTunes Store, created the smart-phone niche with the iPhone and then taught Microsoft nerds how to make a real tablet computer with the iPad.
With all that space age, whiz kid, Star Trek, OMG is it really that small (and expensive?) cult-like devotion and innovation–why do I think it is the beginning of the end for Apple?