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How to Try Something New

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There will be no attempt at humor in this commentary, just an honest opinion.

I’m about to give what will sound like the advice of a privileged person, and maybe it is. I’m doing okay these days, but I spent most of my life broke, and I’ve moved from one home to another more than the average person.

I’m here to tell you, professional movers are not cheap, but they are 100% worth the money.

Our usual M.O. when moving was always that we’d roll into moving day with everything packed, I’d go to the nearest convenience store and buy a gigantic beverage to nurse over the course of the morning, go to the truck-rental place and fight our way through their bureaucracy to procure a truck that always turned out to be too small, then Missy and I and whatever friends we could lure to help us with the promise of pizza would spend the rest of the day making multiple trips to and from the new place. When everything was moved, we would clean out the truck and fill it with gas, return it (addition from Missy: upon which we’d pay more than we expected, because the per-mile charge and various fees really add up), then drive to the new place to start unpacking and arranging.

The first time we hired professional movers, we had everything packed like before (We’ve never hired professional packers. We do that ourselves.) I went to get the customary giant beverage, and returned just as the movers arrived. I asked what they needed me to do to help, and their answer was, “Stand back and enjoy your drink, sir.”

Less than three hours later everything had been removed from the old place (down one flight of stairs), delivered safe and sound to the new place (up two flights of stairs) with no damage to our things or either apartment. I ask you, what is that worth?

For the record, we’ve used this company in two different cities and had good experiences.

As always, thanks for using my Amazon Affiliate links (US, UK, Canada).

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j8048188
29 days ago
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I paid for movers when moving my wife from her old apartment to our new rental. Best money I've ever spent to have stuff hauled down/up stairs and into the rooms it needs to go. It cost me about $150 for 2 movers for 2 hours, so $300 total.
lukeburrage
29 days ago
We paid for movers for our last two moves and it’s super super super worth the money. In the last move we also paid them to pack up all our kitchen things, especially the plates and glasses and such, and that was an extra layer of totally worth it.
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Covarr
29 days ago
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It's all fine and dandy until you move states. Then that couple hundred dollars becomes several thousand.

That said... if you are in a position to easily afford to spend thousands of dollars on it, then yeah, it's probably still worth it. Most stressful thing I've ever done.
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Run a program on remote computer with the AdvancedRun tool

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The new version of AdvancedRun tool allows you to easily run a program on a remote computer.
In order to use this feature, you must have full admin access to the remote machine, including admin share (For example: \\192.168.0.55\admin$ )

This feature is quite similar to the psexec tool of Sysinternals/Microsoft.  AdvancedRun first copies itself to the admin share on the remote computer, and then a temporary service is installed and started on the remote machine.
The temporary service on the remote machine runs the program according to the configuration you chose, and then AdvancedRun uninstalls the temporary service and deletes the .exe file of AdvancedRun tool from the admin share.

In order to use this new feature, simply select the ‘Run on remote computer with temporary Windows service’ check-box and type the name or IP address of the remote computer.
If you don’t specify a computer name, AdvancedRun will execute the specified program from a temporary service on your local system, although there is no any benefit from it.

Run Software Remotely Example
It’s also possible to execute a program remotely from command-line.
For example, the following command will run RegEdit as non-admin user (without elevation) on a remote computer (192.168.0.40):
AdvancedRun.exe /EXEFilename “%windir%\regedit.exe” /RunAs 2 /RunFromService 1 /ComputerName 192.168.0.40 /Run

Be aware that if the remote computer is 32-bit, you have the use the 32-bit version of AdvancedRun.

You can download the new version of the AdvancedRun tool from this Web page.

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j8048188
35 days ago
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Neat. Seems to function like PDQ Deploy does.
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Hilton offering bonus points to members who book work-from-hotel stays

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As practically everyone has grown tired of their own four walls, but travel demand has yet to return to full steam, 2020 has become (among other things) the year of work-from-hotel packages.

First, there were offerings from Hyatt, then Marriott and Hilton and other hotel brands rushed to meet the needs of those who are more than done with working from their home office (or couch). About a month ago, Hilton introduced the WorkSpaces by Hilton program, its version of the work-from-hotel trend.

These special day rates are valid at participating Hilton locations across the U.S., U.K. and Canada. At Hilton, guests can expect a private “office” space complete with a real desk and chair, complimentary Wi-Fi and access to other hotel-specific amenities.

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And, Hilton Honors is sweetening the deal by offering 10,000 bonus points after the first WorkSpaces by Hilton stay at participating properties. To receive the bonus points, you must book and stay by March 31, 2021. TPG values 10,000 Hilton points at $60, which could be a sizable return on some of these packages.

In addition to bonus points, Honors members are able to stack other active promotions, earn elite-night credit and points from on-property spending as they would on any other stay — and even get a room upgrade, if available. Silver elite members and above will receive two complimentary bottles of water, and Hilton Diamond members will receive complimentary premium Wi-Fi as well as lounge access, if available. (Including those got their Diamond status just by having the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card.)

As an example of what’s possible with WorkSpaces by Hilton, you can book a day rate at the Conrad New York Downtown starting from $300.

Guests will receive a “Clean Market zen box” (worth $100 according to Hilton), a discount on a wellness treatment at the adjacent Brookfield Place, room service for both breakfast and lunch and a cocktail delivery at 4 p.m. all for that one package rate.

The executive suite at the Conrad New York Downtown. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

But you don’t have to go that high-end. Day rates at Hilton Boston Back Bay start at $99 for a hotel office. Rooms come equipped with air purifiers, wireless printers, a shredder, an ergonomic chair, Bluetooth speaker and complimentary water all day.

You can get in a work-out right in your room with the provided exercise ball and resistance bands. You’ll also receive a $20 credit to the Corner Pantry in the lobby.

Unlike its competitors Marriott and Hyatt, Hilton’s formal offering doesn’t have an extended-stay option (though individual properties may offer one on their own). Instead, this is just a special day rate for those in need of a clean, comfortable and quiet space to get tasks done, away from all the distractions at home.

If that’s not what you need, know that Marriott offers guests three different flavors of remote-work packages and Hyatt has decided to go after workers who want a longer-term change of scenery by only offering packages with a seven-night minimum-stay requirement.

If you’re interested in booking a WorkSpaces by Hilton stay, please note that you will have to call the property directly in order to book.

Featured image courtesy of the Conrad New York Downtown.



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j8048188
315 days ago
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No premium wifi included? Hilton standard wifi is heavily throttled so it's garbage and a major hinderance to remote work.
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Universal Rating Scale

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There are plenty of finer gradations. I got 'critically endangered/extinct in the wild' on my exam, although the curve bumped it all the way up to 'venti.'
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j8048188
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What about AAAA batteries?
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alt_text_bot
443 days ago
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There are plenty of finer gradations. I got 'critically endangered/extinct in the wild' on my exam, although the curve bumped it all the way up to 'venti.'

Socket to the energy bill: 5-bed home with stupid amount of power outlets leaves us asking... why?

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The BOFH's secret command centre discovered?

Buying a house is a major ordeal. You go from door to door, months zip past and something's never quite right... then you find it, "the one". A five-bedroom home in Pinner, Harrow, northwest London.…

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Moo Moo Moo

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I will be at GENCON this coming August 1-4! Come say hi!

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j8048188
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I like the combined speech bubble of Faye and Bubbles.
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jepler
792 days ago
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oh come on bubbles don't be squeamish
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