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It's fun writing about Wall Street's greedheads and tax dodgers. But every once in a while, I get to write about something positive -- and unpublicized -- that some Wall Street types have done. Today's reversal of the Street's natural order involves Davis Advisors.

Searching for growth and better margins, Dell is expanding its enterprise IT consulting business by acquiring Perot Systems for $3.9 billion in an all-cash deal. Perot Systems is the IT consulting and integration services company founded by Ross Perot in 1988 four years after selling Electronic Data Systems to General Motors. (EDS is now part of HP, which bought it last year for $13.9 billion).

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he shift to consulting services will make Dell look more like IBM (and HP). Dell has an existing services division, which will be rolled into Perot Systems. Peter Altabef, the current CEO of Perot Systems, will run the combined IT Services business. Both Dell and Perot Systems are based in Texas, which should make the combination go smoother.
After the market dealt you one bad hand after another over the past decade, you may feel relieved that your luck is finally starting to change. Stocks have shot up more than 50% since early March.
by Ethan Melandri
As summer begins the days become hotter and lengthier which present adventure on the road. All though it can be exciting to take to the road there are still issues of weather and other hazards which could hinder the unsuspecting motorist.
Temperatures during the summer months will rise, yielding in some places a lack of rain. Debris that is not taken away by rainfall can increase on the surface of the roads. Other surface issues such as oil, dust, and rubber can also be plentiful in areas where rain has not occurred often. A lack of rain can make the road more slipp
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Slick roads can also increase after a small rain, as the water stays on the road rather than running off. Debris, dirt or oil mixed with water can create conditions that are less than safe. The driver may not even suspect the problems.
Driving once it has rained, and then the roads warm again will affect how you can brake. In fact the distance will increase for the amount of brake time you need to stop or to go around a curve. The tyre grip is going to be less controlled.
Asphalt, after a very hot dry period is worse than just after a short rain. A polished sheen can be seen on the ground as the heat mixes with the tar. The more cars that travel over an area the hotter the road can become.
The warm and enjoyable weather will bring out more than a keen driver. It will also bring out the holiday motorists with their caravans. The open road becomes a mecca for those who enjoy a long drive in the country with their convertible or the travelling family wanting to camp out. Holiday caravan drivers can put a small ruffle in the drive, but you should not irritate them. They have every right to be on the road, thus remaining calm is essential even if you are wishing to pass.
Be aware that many of these drivers will have been travelling for long distances, on roads they are unfamiliar with, possibly distracted by their children or satellite navigation. Be prepared for them to make unexpected manoeuvres without signalling, and factor this into your decision when deciding whether it is appropriate to overtake them, and remember you easily come across a slow moving vehicle mid way through a blind bend.
Modern vehicles come with daylights which turn on even when it is sunny out. Running lights during the day in summer has been researched, which is one reason daylights are now on modern cars. It was determined that having lights in the daytime reduces collisions and accidents by 12 percent. Factors like sun glasses, spotty shaded areas, and the summer sun makes leaving your lights on safer for other drivers to see you and you to see them.

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If you are considering running with your car lights on during the day it is well worth upgrading your Car Lights, to maximise their visibility and endurance. One area that your lights will really benefits is by fitting New Sidelight Bulbs, they are straight forward to fit and are available as either xenon or LED bulbs.
by Amy Nutt
These days it seems like everyone is having financial problems of one sort or another. With times being so tough for everyone economically, its understandable that some people fall back on credit or loans in order to make ends meet. Unexpected events and the resulting expenses can also cause people to take on more debt than they normally would. Unfortunately, the more debt you pile on, the faster it grows. Many high-interest credit cards have minimum monthly payment structures that are practically designed to ensure you will ne
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ver pay the debt off. Unfortunately, the more credit you use, the greater the impact on your monthly expenses (as the monthly minimum payment grows along with the debt).
One great way to reduce your monthly expenses (and thus reduce the amount of income you need to generate in order to make ends meet) is to reduce or eliminate high interest credit. If youre thinking, ‘easier said than done,’ you are probably right. But there are ways to accomplish this goal. Even if you think you are buried in debt and there is no way out, youd be surprise at the options available at your disposal. Though there is no method that will eliminate your debt without your actually having to pay it, you can save time and money (and get motivated to become debt-free) through debt consolidation.
There are a few different approaches to debt consolidation. Some of these are credit counseling and debt consolidation loans. Here well focus on debt consolidation loans and whether people with bad credit are eligible to receive them.
Debt Consolidation Loans Debt consolidation loans are a type of consumer loan that is available to help debtors develop a road map to debt freedom. The process starts by applying for the loan. The application will require information about your monthly income and expenses, as well as details about all the consumer debt owed. The lending financial institution evaluates all this information and determines how much the debtor can afford to pay on each loan per month. Upon approval, a new loan is issued for an amount that is sufficient to pay all of the debtors outstanding debt. The debtor uses the newly borrowed funds to make final, lump sum payments on all his outstanding debts. Generally the debt consolidation loan is lent at a much lower interest rate than what was being charged on the existing debt. In many cases, the bank will negotiate to lower the total debt by lowering interest or removing late fees.
Bad Credit Debt Consolidation Services A debt consolidation loan is like any other loan. You repay the loan at an interest rate and the lending institution takes on a level of risk that you will default on the loan. Debt consolidation loans are designed for people that are already having trouble with their credit. While the lender is taking on a considerable amount of risk by lending to you, they are managing that risk by partnering with you in repairing your credit in the interest of providing a better financial future for YOU. Because they generally have working relationships with the very creditors you are indebted to, they have a better chance of enforcing payment. Debt consolidation loans may be available for borrowers who have bad credit if they have some sort of collateral. If the borrower has any home equity or other property of value, they may put it up in order to secure the loan. This is probably the easiest way for people with bad credit to get approved for debt consolidation loans. The best way to find out if your credit is too bad to get you qualified for a debt consolidation loan is to apply for one.

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Consolidated Credit offers a variety of unbiased debt-counselling services and alternatives to help people get their debts under control. Providing free debt analysis and education on money management.
By Paul LynchThis week I have had the pleasure of meeting Kevin Potts who runs http://www.cambridgebusinessacademy.comKevin is very well known in the internet marketing world as being one of Tim Lowe’s (Made $20,000 online since 2001) most successful students:Kevin and his Academy have built a massive reputation for honesty and integrity, with a commitment to over delivering
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each and every time. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur’s coach Kevin used to be a full-time Minister of Religion - can you believe it - and that's why you'll often see him wearing his dog collar.Anyway, Kevin is a fantastic, genuine guy with a real passion to create great coaching for home based entrepreneurs and I've managed to persuade him to let me send you this fantastic FREE offer which, once it is out of its test phase, will cost just under a $1,000.The material he has agreed to let my customers sample, completely Free of charge includes a brand new Kick-Start resource report, which maps out clearly and plainly the essential steps in building a real home based Internet business. Additionally in a series he's called Starting Point, Kevin will be providing you with 10 videos on DVD, again completely free of charge. These will be followed up by his other new series Life Changers, again videos on DVD and again completely free of charge.I have to say it is rare for me to get so excited, but I can assure you, I have checked this out fully and there is no catch and what you'll also find on his new site, is a promise not to deliver sales pitches... For those of you, who are used to my service and products, just jump in right now before he has to pull this free test. For those of you who are a little more skeptical thinking "there's no such thing as a free lunch", let me tell you with this offer you are way off the mark.I really am not sure how long Kevin will be able to keep this open so you need to act now by visiting if you want to get your hands on all these coaching series, totally FREE of charge.You certainly won't say I never give you anything for free again.P.S. Kevin banked over £189,000 with his very first product! In this new FREE course you will see him “live” on camera as he walks you through the exact same steps!
by Sheila Korter
During hard economic times, it is best to save as much money as possible. One reason is that if you concentrate on saving, you will be able to prevent yourself from spending too much. Another advantage of putting your money in the bank is that you are able to earn a passive interest income. This means that you earn income without doing anything.
This is possible through the interest you earn from the money you have deposited. If you are serious about saving money and want to earn an ongoing passive income through bank deposits, you should think about several things f
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irst. The first thing that you should do is understand the different rates that are available and the terms that go along with those rates.
A money market account is an account that yields interest and also allows the depositer to withdraw funds with short notice or no notice at all. Every bank that offers an account of this type has its own rates and terms and conditions. It is advisable to choose the money market rate that does not only offer high interest rates but also has reasonable terms and conditions that are suitable to your needs and prevailing circumstances.
On the other hand, a CD is a kind of deposit that pays a higher interest rate but in return for this higher rate, imposes more restrictions. Typically you cannot withdraw funds for an established period of time without incurring a penalty. For this reason, CD’s are often referred to as time deposits. The philosophy behind a certificate of deposit is that a depositor earns a higher interest rate as because the depositor is prevented from withdrawing the funds that he or she deposited within the agreed duration of time.
In summary, the two factors you must consider in choosing a money market or a certificate of deposit are the interest rates and the length of time you want to have the money tied up. A high interest rate does not necessarily mean that it is the best deal and sometimes the rates are not what you think they might be. Usually, the higher interest rates are accompanied by stricter conditions. Therefore, you should always study and analyze the terms and conditions imposed if they are suitable to your current situation.

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Email. Twitter. Instant Messaging. Facebook. Those are just four of the most popular ways to communicate online. And actually, the average 23-year-old has 6 different accounts that they check for messages each day. Maintaining and keeping up with that is either basically impossible, or flat-out impossible. That's where Threadsy comes in.

Launching its large beta today at TechCrunch50 as a free web app, Threadsy wants to take all of your online communication and shove it into a single service. All of the me
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ssages directed at you (email and Twitter @replies, for exmaple) will be put into a single stream of message, called the "inbound" column. Meanwhile, all of the activity streams that you simply follow (Twitter, Facebook, etc), will be put into a single activity stream, the "unbound" stream. The result is one service to rule them all.
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I received word sometime ago that Jorg Hysek is no longer an actual part of Jorg Hysek watches, and the newest line of these branded watches that arrived this year (including the pictured Kilada Power Reserve watch) are increasingly evident of this. Over time, the actually good designs that Jorg Hysek left are increasingly being morphed with unrefined derivatives like this model. The "Hysek" component just seems to be increasingly missing from the
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timepiece line. That isn't to say that each new watch the Hysek brand releases is a dog, but there are too many models, with too little soul. So if you are a fan, make sure to search out the models that are the most attractive. The materials and construction of the watches are fine and totally commendable. So if you are keen on the looks, have no worries about getting one or learning more. This pictured model enjoys a 41mm wide DLC coated steel and rose gold case with sapphire crystal. The watch is meant to be sporty but chic. It succeeds in being somewhat both of them, but after the novelty factor wears off, you are left with a design that feels less than cohesive. Inside is a mechanical Swiss movement with an unannounced price that is likely over $25,000. Ariel Adams publishes the popular watch review site
Jorg Hysek Kilada Power Reserve Watch originally appeared on Luxist on Wed, 13 May 2009 12:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feedsPermalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments

Filed under: , Contemporary art may not have done much for Sotheby's this spring but a day of tribal art sales brought some good news. "The Sculptor's Eye: African and Oceanic Art from the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation" brought in $4,888,316 against an estimate of $3 million to $4.4 million with most of the lots selling. The sales proceeds benefit the
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foundation and Mimi Gross, the daughter of the sculptor and current head of the foundation said that she was pleased with the results.The same afternoon the house's sale of African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian art brought in $5.7 million against expectations of $4.3 million to $6.4 million. The session included pieces from the collection of John Friede, whose 4,000-piece collection of Oceanic art is supposed to head to the de Young Museum in San Francisco, but has been delayed by a lawsuit and a debt of $25 million he owes to Sotheby's. Sotheby's has taken possession of 54 objects and sold six of them in the sale for a total of $2,393,500. More details are available at ArtInfo.The piece shown above, a Fang-Betsi reliquary head from Gabon had an estimate of $200,000-$300,000 but sold for $506,500.Tribal Art Shines At Sotheby's originally appeared on Luxist on Tue, 19 May 2009 22:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feedsRead | Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments

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