The Iconic 5.25-Inch Floppy Disk: Nostalgic Computing History
The 5.25-inch "floppy" disk evokes fond memories for those who experienced the early days of computing. This diskette was a major evolution of data storage!
Shipping a parcel can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to ensuring the security of your goods while also keeping costs low. With the growing number of shipping options available, it can be difficult to determine the best method for your specific needs. In this blog, we’ll explore the safest and most economical way to ship a parcel, taking into account factors such as transit time, delivery options, and package protection.
One of the first things to consider when shipping a parcel is the size and weight of your package. Larger and heavier packages typically cost more to ship, so ground transportation would be the most economical option. These typically deliver within one week between any US locations. Smaller packages can be sent by air for one or two day delivery time.
The next step is to choose a reputable shipping carrier. Major companies such as UPS, FedEx, and the United States Postal Service (USPS) all offer different shipping options with varying levels of speed. They all offer a signature required delivery option to ensure no “porch pirates” intercept your package. Reputable shipping carriers afford a security that exceeds that of the average home, where thousands are permanently destroyed by fires, floods, and storms each year.
The integrity of your shipping container is critical. Use a new corrugated cardboard box, not a reused container that has already aged through the shipping system. You’ll want to make sure your goods are properly packaged with enough cushioning so they don't move around inside your box. Most contents are damaged due to poor packaging, not because of mishandling by the carrier.
Make sure there is secondary containment of the articles inside your box. These means placing your one item, or multiple items, inside a sealed plastic bag. Use a tough material, like 3 MIL polyethylene, and seal it with a zip tie to make it water proof. It's much easier for the shipping carrier to deal with your contained contents if the box should break in transit.
Sometimes shipping labels get torn off, or the printing rubs off if the label gets wet. How does the shipping carrier identify your package when this happens? There's nothing to help them if there's no packing slip inside, identifying the owner. Make it even easier for the carrier by adhering a label to the inside of your box too.
Finally, consider using a shipping service that provides real-time tracking. This allows you to monitor the progress of your shipment and receive updates on its location and delivery status. This is particularly important if you are shipping a valuable or time-sensitive item, as it provides you with the information you need to make informed decisions and take appropriate action if necessary.
We found this picture of a beautiful couple standing in front of Half Dome, one of Yosemite Valley’s most recognizable landmarks. Yosemite Valley in California sees millions of visitors each year (a record 5 million people visited in 2016!). Even though the park sees so many people, each person typically only sees it once…and it’s always a special memory. This picture was nestled in a collection of photos from all over the world – from California to New Orleans to Paris, Germany, Africa, and more. But despite the awe-inspiring view behind them, the couple seems more entranced with each other than anything around them.
The charm and beauty of prom captures the hearts of young men and women across the country every year. For many, it’s their first formal affair, their first step into a glamorous world built only for them. But perhaps more memorable are the days and moments leading up to the ceremony. Before the first song ever plays, ladies are shopping with friends to find the perfect dress, gentlemen are building up the courage to ask for a date, and both are speechless at the first sight of each other. The laughter and smiles found in these moments often planted roots for love to blossom.
Every generation faces unique challenges. To meet them, we stand on the shoulders of our loved ones and become more than they ever could. In time, we do the same for our children, lifting them higher still to achieve what we could only dream of. While we were busying admiring those who guided us, candid memories like this remind us of the care they took to show us the world we live in. Hairstyles and fashion choices come and go. Pop culture changes with the wind. But the excitement that comes from these experiences – whether learning them for the first time or passing them along to the next generation – creates unforgettable feelings that deserve to last forever.
Some of our memories are defined by the times. We proudly showed off our bellbottom pants and 8-track tapes, wore loud clothes and big hair, and proved that grunge wasn’t just music, it was a way of life. These were the times of our self-expression. But our most important memories weren’t shaped by self-expression, they were shaped by mutual expression, by the friends who stood beside us. Friends have a way of bringing out the best in us. They help define who we are through the experiences we share. The smiles, the laughs, and even the tears create a bond stronger than time.
Autumn brings about a time of great change. Like the trees that shed their leaves, we put the summer behind us, trading t-shirts for sweaters and beaches for playgrounds. And it was on the swing sets of our youth that we learned we could touch the clouds if we but yearned to fly. As Robert Frost once told us, “Nothing gold can stay.” Nearly a century later, his words remind us that true beauty lives only in the moment, and those moments are worth remembering.
Life has a way of forcing our focus on the future. We plan and schedule and organize and hope that it all helps us get to where we think we want to be. But when the meetings are over and the offices close, we escape to the places that make us forget it all. Places like the Nut Tree in Vacaville, CA, offered retreat to residents and tourists and foreign dignitaries alike. At its height, it was “the ‘go-to’ spot no matter your passions or your age. We all had a place like this, somewhere we could be ourselves among friends that always made us smile.
We often take pictures to capture the moment, to relive the happiness and joy we felt in years past. But when we look back on them decades later, we find that pictures are so much more powerful. They preserve the smiles, of course, but they also chronicle change. We all experience it. The laughter and tears, the wins and the losses, and at every turn we love and mourn and grow. Pictures like this show that as we grow, so too does the world.
Just because we were there together doesn’t mean we had the same experience. We remember things differently because our priorities were different. Some of us let the experience define the memory, while others chose to define it themselves. We often rush through life, bouncing between the big moments and taking ourselves too seriously. We move from one day to the next with little regard for the small moments that fill each one. Meanwhile, those around us are having the time of their lives in every moment they can. So, we have a choice: we can wait for the memorable moments to find us, or we can create the times that are worth remembering.
When you look back at your own pictures, do you see a defining moment, or a moment defined?
As we get older, holidays tend to take on new meanings for us. New Year’s Eve becomes less about the party and more about spending another year with friends, Christmas less about getting gifts and more about giving them, and we understand the things we’re thankful for during Thanksgiving more than ever. But no matter how old we are, the excitement of putting on a costume for Halloween never changes. Whether we’re giving the candy or getting it, Halloween allows us to transform into whatever we want. We can be spooky ghosts wrapped in sheets or wear plastic teeth and threaten to suck the blood from our friend’s necks.
We all have our own hobbies. Some of us like golfing with friends, or painting a comforting picture surrounded by idyllic scenery. Others enjoy playing music, writing stories, or woodworking. But almost everyone has spent at least a day on the water with nothing but a fishing pole and the hope of catching the big one. Whether you’re bragging about your amazing hole-in-one or that giant fish that got away, we all love sharing our adventures. That’s why memories like this are so important. Our friends won’t always believe us when we tell them how big that fish really was, but they can’t argue when we show them the picture.
When we remember significant events in our lives, we remember the friends who supported us the most. As we get older, these memories become more caricatures than factual, and many of the people we enjoyed being with are lost in the fog of our minds. Military members meet a significant amount of people all the time. Whether through the constant rotation of personnel through a unit or the many classes that provide networking opportunities, service-members often remember events more often than names or faces. But when we look back on pictures like this, a flood of memories comes rushing through. Suddenly, we’re a part of the conversations all over again. We see the faces and hear the laughter and we remember the smiles that carried us through those important times.