14
August

Cheappricesforhotels.com is now partnered with Metromarks.com

What is MetroMarks?
MetroMarks is the world’s best travel app when traveling to, or arriving in a city. You can find a city’s weather, local news, movie times, events, blogs, maps of every kind, attractions, restaurants, hotels and shopping deals and much more literally in seconds – without even touching your keyboard! Our superb design gives all this to you at your fingertips with a few simple clicks, especially when you are mobile or using your tablet or ipad. We provide 1) much more comprehensive city information, 2) much better quality information, and 3) we serve it up way faster! We even profile all the social media streams in each city, where you can see a city’s videos, pics, tweets or ask a local for advice. So start exploring the world’s cities and please bookmark us and tell all your friends about MetroMarks – the planets’ best online travel companion!

You can see us here: Metromarks.com

For more information about Metromarks.com, please see
About Metromarks

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14
August

Cheappricesforhotels.com research on the Indigo Hotel

is a chain of boutique hotels, part of the InterContinental Hotels Group. Indigo Hotels are promoted as being “the industry’s first branded boutique hotel experience.” The concept includes a retail-inspired design concept with changes throughout the year. Guestrooms feature murals, area rugs, duvets and slipcovers that change periodically. Public spaces are transformed seasonally through changing aromas, music, artwork, murals and directional signage. Hotel Indigo competes with Starwood’s Aloft Hotels.

Amenities at the Hotel Indigo include an on-site restaurant, a bar and four rooms for business meetings. After business, guests can enjoy themselves at the gymnasium, the sauna, the whirlpool tub or in the swimming pool. The health spa is open 24 hours a day. There is a car rental service on-site.

For more info, please see:

Indigo Hotel

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09
August

InterCotinental Hotels Group brief intro

InterContinental Hotels Group plc (informally InterContinental Hotels or IHG) (LSE: IHG, NYSE: IHG) is a British multinational hotels company headquartered in Denham, United Kingdom. It is the largest hotels company in the world measured by rooms (with 646,000 as of January 2010), and has over 4,500 hotels across over 100 countries.[2] Its brands include Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, InterContinental and Staybridge Suites. Approximately 3,800 of its hotels operate under franchise agreements, 640 are managed by the company but separately owned and 16 are directly owned.

More info at:
http://blog.cheappricesforhotels.com/2012/08/09/intercontinental-hotels/

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27
July

Cheappricesforhotels.com now active

BCI Network has recently become the new management for Cheappricesforhotels.com

We are proud to announce that this is a great website to search for very reasonable prices on hotels, flights, and even car rentals throughout the world!

In addition, we will continue upgrading the website to fulfill our customers needs in every way possible.

Any questions, feel free to contact here anytime.

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19
July

Necronomicon for Android

Necronomicon for Android Screen Shot

BriefCaseIT has just released its newest application for the Android Market Necronomicon at the competitive price of just $0.99!!!

The Necronomicon originated as a fictional book in the works of H.P. Lovecraft, and grew into an extended literary in-joke as other horror writers organically added to the Cthulhu mythos. According to Lovecraft, it was written by Abdul Alhazred, ‘a mad Arab poet of the Yemen’, in 950 A.D. in Damascus. In many of the stories written by Lovecraft and his successors, merely reading or possessing the Necronomicon leads to insanity …or worse.

How Lovecraft conceived the name Necronomicon is not clear — Lovecraft said that the title came to him in a dream. Although some have suggested that Lovecraft was influenced primarily byRobert W. Chambers‘ collection of short stories The King in Yellow, which centers on a mysterious and disturbing play in book form, Lovecraft is not believed to have read that work until 1927.

Donald R. Burleson has argued that the idea for the book was derived from Nathaniel Hawthorne, though Lovecraft himself noted that “mouldy hidden manuscripts” were one of the stock features ofGothic literature.

Lovecraft wrote that the title, as translated from the Greek language, meant “an image of the law of the dead”: nekros – νεκρός (“dead”), nomos – νόμος (“law”), eikon – εικών (“image”). Robert M. Price notes that the title has been variously translated by others as “Book of the names of the dead”, “Book of the laws of the dead”, “Book of dead names” and “Knower of the laws of the dead”. S. T. Joshi states that Lovecraft’s own etymology is “almost entirely unsound. The last portion of it is particularly erroneous, since -ikon is nothing more than a neuter adjectival suffix and has nothing to do with eikõn (image).” Joshi translates the title as “Book considering (or classifying) the dead.”

Lovecraft was often asked about the veracity of the Necronomicon, and always answered that it was completely his invention. In a letter to Willis Conover, Lovecraft elaborated upon his typical answer:

Now about the “terrible and forbidden books” — I am forced to say that most of them are purely imaginary. There never was any Abdul Alhazred or Necronomicon, for I invented these names myself. Robert Bloch devised the idea of Ludvig Prinn and his De Vermis Mysteriis, while the Book of Eibon is an invention of Clark Ashton Smith’s. Robert E. Howard is responsible for Friedrich von Junzt and his Unaussprechlichen Kulten…. As for seriously-written books on dark, occult, and supernatural themes — in all truth they don’t amount to much. That is why it’s more fun to invent mythical works like the Necronomicon and Book of Eibon.

Reinforcing the book’s fictionalization, the name of the book’s supposed author, Abdul Alhazred, is not even a grammatically correct Arabic name. The name “Abdul” simply means “the worshiper/slave of…”. Standing alone, it would make no sense, as Alhazred is not a last name in the Western sense, but a reference to a person’s place of birth.

 

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14
December

BCI Celebrates the Holidays with Great Sales and New Clients

Even though Christmas was originally a pagan holiday, we here at BriefCaseIT still love celebrating it. We have been offering winter sales on all of our android applications currently available on the android market. We have also been focusing the Poetry of the day blog on christmas poetry so stop by and check them out for a little Christmas cheer. The hardest part for the BCI staff is all this holiday food and weight loss afterwords. We are getting prepared for the end of a great year. Soon we will have our YTD Earnings present here on the website for investors to look over. We have really big plans for next year. We will be expanding our android applications to the Apple iOS platform and market in order to increase sales. We recently acquired a few great new clients that you will be seeing more of like Juan Rogelio the up and coming atlanta hip hop artist. We have also expanded our SEO Services into the Eastern North Carolina neighbor hood. So stay tuned and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

 

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10
December

BCI to promote Atlanta’s up and coming Hip hop artist JUAN ROGELIO formerly Lyrical Terror

Juan

Juan Rogelio was born in 1987 as a product of The Bronx. Ever since he could remember  jazz, rnb, hip hop and gospel boomed the house. He believes the impression of the music took it’s toll on his character. His mom was a poet also and he feels it was only right for the art of rhyme to flow through his blood. In 1998 he moved to the beautiful city of Atlanta and  took his music to whole new level. He networked with some of the best hip hop artist in the local rap game, since then he has been on a mission to create a genre of his own music. His mission now is to be a breath of fresh air to the hip hop community. He feels music changes lives and for you to be a true artist you gotta ” Put ya soul in it”. Originally from the Bronx but now in Atlanta for over 13 years. Most people say he is well rounded and has a strong east coast bar with a southern business mind frame.

Known in the streets of Atlanta by the alias Lyrical Terror, Juan Rogelio And Lyrical for short. He believes that dreams can come true and everything happens for a reason if pursued. The game itself has been the same over a number of years and has been missing an impact ever since Tupac and Biggie perished. His quest is to “fill those shoes and it’s going to be journey, but if I didn’t love what I did then I couldn’t in no way or form call myself a legend”. At the end of the day fans know whats real, so when you see him and wonder why he looks so chill its because the real deal is back.

Check out Juans Music Now!
Check out his social network profiles!
Reverbnation:
http://www.reverbnation.com/lyricalterrorakajuanrogelio

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/LyricalTerror

MySpace
http://www.myspace.com/lyricalterror

Download Links:
http://www.datpiff.com/Juan-Rogelio--Juan-Rogelio-The-Demo-Tape-mixtape.292322.html
http://www.mixtapefactory.com/Juan-Rogelio-The-Demo-Tape.html

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06
December

Expanding Search Engine Optimization To Eastern North Carolina, Greenville NC, and Washington NC

Due to the high profit margins generated by BriefCaseIT’s successful SEO campaigns, we are expanding our services to benefit Eastern North Carolina. What can distinguish our company from our competitors are our competitive pricing strategies, our interpersonal relationships with customers, our understanding of the eastern north Carolina area and needless to say our results speak clearly at our ability to satisfy our customers. We offer a friendly in-house service with our native Eastern North Carolina English speaking technicians, so no more outsourcing revenue into external economies. It’s our mission to provide an affordable in-sourced search engine optimization service aimed at building a large satisfied customer base with high quality results at a low cost to the Carolina business in order to build the local ENC economy and employ talented eastern north Carolina Information Technology Specialist graduates.

BriefCaseIT Network has decided to expanded our Search Engine Optimization services for the following new areas.

 

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02
December

The Kindle Fire vs Nook Tablet vs Ipad2 vs Nook Color FIGHT!

Every Kindle Fire vs Nook Color comparison pits the top two competing tablets with ereader roots against each other.

Since the Kindle Fire’s  release on November 15th, there have been tons and tons of comparisons. This one will give you a chart so you can easily see the difference naming kindle fire the obvious choice for anyone thinking to do some serious ereading and app buying. I have used them both and happen to like the kindle fire a little bit better. You can purchase your Kindle fire today by following this Kindle fire link to the amazon store.

 

 

 

FIGHT!

Kindle Fire vs Nook Color – Specs

Kindle Fire Nook Color
Screen 7″ IPS Vibrant Color, 16 million colors 7″ IPS LG VividView, 16 million colors
Resolution 1024 x 600 1024 x 600
Processor 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP4 processor 800MHz ARM Cortex A8, 1.2GHz with overclock hack
Operating System Android 2.3 Android 2.2, others with root, ROMs
Storage 8GB, cloud storage, no memory card slot 8GB, microSD memory card slot for cards up to 32GB
Memory 512 MB RAM 512MB RAM
Apps Amazon’s Appstore 16K+ Nook Apps 750+
Camera No No
Input/Output USB 2.0 (micro-B connector), 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo speakers B&N mini USB, 3.5mm headphone jack, 1 speaker
Audio and Video Support Yes Yes
Wireless WiFi WiFi
Battery 7-8 hours 7-8 hours
Weight 14.6 oz 15.8 oz
Size 7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ 8.1″ x 5″ x 0.48″
MSRP $199 at Amazon $249 new, $179 refurb at B&Nicon

It’s surprising just how similar the Kindle Fire and Nook Color are, especially since the Nook Color will be 1 year old when the Kindle Fire is released. While similar, each device has its own advantages over the other.

Kindle Fire Advantages

  • Faster processor
  • Lower Price
  • More apps (stock)
  • Amazon’s appstore gives away a free paid app each day, lots of games
  • Stereo speakers
  • Amazon Whispersync
  • Cloud storage
  • Amazon Silk web browser
  • Free Month of Amazon Prime
  • Lighter (1.2 ounces)

Nook Color Advantages

  • MicroSD card slot (major advantage)
  • Full Android tablet with ROMs and N2A cards while still preserving the Nook’s stock functionality
  • Active hacking community, lots of mods
  • Refurbished units sometimes drop to $149 or less
  • Access to Barnes and Noble’s in-store exclusive content.
  • Read ebooks for free while visiting B&N stores with B&N’s Read In Store feature (up to an hour per day).

 

Below is the Kindle Fire vs Apple iPad2 vs Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet

Kindle Fire vs iPad 2

As you can see from the basic specs above, the Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet are direct competitors to each other and it will be interesting to see which tablet comes out ahead. My preference right now would still be for a Kindle Fire because it’s the least expensive while still offering a huge number of features, plus the awesome selection of movies and TV shows that come with an Amazon Prime membership (you get a free month with your Fire too). As always, we’ll keep this review updated as more information becomes available. For now, let’s compare the Kindle Fire and the Ipad 2:

The Kindle Fire clearly does not have as many features as the iPad 2, but the question really becomes: “Are the extra features of the iPad 2 worth $300+?” The answer for many people is going to be, “No.” Let’s look at the basic $500 version of the iPad 2. Going straight down the feature list in the table above, the obvious standout is the huge price difference. Apple has long charged a premium for their products above and beyond what competing companies charge for similarly spec’d tablet PCs. This is nothing new. So the price is a huge difference in favor of the Kindle Fire.

Content Source and App Stores Compared

Next, consider the content source and the Apps stores. Amazon has just about every form of content available, and the prices are always either extremely competitive or better than iTunes. So score one for their store. However, the Apps section is a different animal. Apple has long dominated here with a huge selection of Apps and this is clearly a check-mark in their favor. However, assuming Amazon does as well with the Kindle Fire as they expect to, I wouldn’t be surprised if the available number of Apps grows by a huge amount in 2012. Until then, there are already thousands available and probably more than anyone could ever need.

Screen Size and Resolution

iPad 2 wins in the screen size department, but loses in the clarity department. The number of DPI generally has a great effect on the clarity of text and graphics on screen (particularly text), and so a higher DPI means it will be easier to read the screen of the Kindle Fire.

Size and Weight

Here again, the Kindle Fire has an advantage in that it’s more easily portable and much lighter.

Capacity and Storage

The iPad is the clear winner here. If you want to have a lot of video on your tablet PC, then the iPad can accommodate more. The way that Amazon plans to help to offset this is by virtually unlimited Cloud storage, which is basically storing your files on their hard drives and then being able to access that data on any computer with an Internet connection. Apple plans to roll out a similar service in the coming weeks as well.

Camera

The last thing worth mentioning is the lack of camera on the Kindle Fire. This may or may not be an issue for most people since we all have cell phone cameras these days that can upload instantly, but if you need a camera attached to your computer all the time for some reason, the Kindle lacks that.

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Amazon Kindle Fire

Apple iPad 2
B&N Nook Tablet
Price $199 $499-829 $249
Content Source Amazon iTunes Barnes and Noble
App Store Amazon App Store & Android Apps iOS App Store Nook Apps
Apps Available 15,000+ 90,000+ for iPad 700+
Screen Size (inches) 7 9.7 7
Screen Resolution 1,024×600 1,024×768 1,024×600
Screen Pixels Per Inch 169 132 169
Size (inches) 7.5 x 4.7 x .45 9.5 x 7.31 x .34 8.1 x 5.0 x .48
Weight 14.6 ounces 21.28 ounces 14.1 ounces
OS Custom Android iOS Android 2.2
Capacity 8GB 16-64GB 16GB
Expandable Storage No No Yes (up to 32GB micro SD cards)
3G No Optional No
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Processor Dual-core TI OMAP 4 Dual-core A5 Dual-core TI OMAP4
Camera No Front and Rear No
GPS No On 3G Models No
Browser Amazon Silk Mobile Safari Customized Android
Battery Life 8 hours 7.5 hours 9 hours

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02
December

The historical importance of Dante’s Inferno

The Inferno, by Dante Alighieri is unutterably crucial to the development of literature and theological thinking. Dante was greatly influenced in his writing by Medieval metaphysics and political events. Even so, Inferno continues to be a very relevant piece of religious literature.

The Inferno describes Dante’s journey into and through hell, with Virgil his guide. The entire Divine Comedy, the Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradisio, is about the metaphoric journey through hell, through purgatory and into heaven. It models the spiritual journey throught acknowledgment of sin, repentance and penance for sin, and salvation. Examine the first canto of the Inferno and you find that this symbolism and allegory is intentional.

Midway on our life’s journey, I found myself
In dark woods, the right road lost.

Dante discovers that he has wandered after the narrow and long road to heaven into a life of sin. He once was lost, and now must be found. So the purpose of Inferno is to show Dante the error of his own sin. This is obvious because as he enters the realm of hell, while he looks and asks about the denizens of those first circles of hell, he feels pity for them, and his questions are always framed in a sense of trying to understand what seems cruel. That’s because at the beginning, Dante does not wish to see the own devastating nature of his own sin, his own guilt. He excuses his sin, just as the intemperate lovers did theirs. He has yet to experience the real loathsomeness of his sinfulness. By the ninth circle, Dante is adding as much as he can to the torment of the lost souls, for he has come to understand the vile nature of sin and its horrors. He is ready for the next step: repentance.

Dante’s Inferno has influenced the mind of the medieval, the renaissance and even the modern thinker. Who has not been privy to the statement on the gate into hell: “abandon all hope, you who enter here.” In truth, our vision of hell is much more influenced by Dante than Scripture. Scripture says quite little about gehenna, or hell. Instead, we people our imaginations with the visions from Dante’s work.

In the Robin Williams spectacular, What Dreams May Come, the vision of hell seems very connected to Dante. The plain with heads sticking out of the ground is quite familiar to those who have read of Dante’s punishment for the egoist, or the constant battle of the hateful is recognizable in Dante’s depiction of the punishment of the violent. Dante was the first one to use his imagination to devise a hell in which the punishments suited the crime, unless we see Homer doing something like that with his visions of Tartarus.

The idea of “levels” of hell, and demons who act as some kind of civil servants for torture, comes straight from Dante. Even Milton felt the influence of Dante, as he populates hell with devils and tortures. Modern writers like T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Samuel Beckett, and James Joyce have all gone back to Dante for imagery. Countless artists have gone to these pages for their inspiration.

Dante’s work fell into disrepute during the Enlightenment, only to be discovered by Blake and the metaphysical poets. Today, we can see that even our theological understanding of heaven and hell owes to this man’s work.

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