5 things to do Before Summer Ends

That time of year has creeped up on us once again.  Although, we know it comes every single year without fail, it still manages to catch us off guard every time.  So as the nights turn cooler and the days become shorter, make the most of your last few weeks of summer before you have to switch out your swimwear for work-wear.

In order to help deal with the sad event of our pool days being exchanged for long days spent indoors, we have some suggestions of what to do in the last few days of summer:

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1.  Stay outside!
This is an obvious one.  The sun is shining, the cool breeze is blowing and the pool is calling your name.  Listen to it.  Layout by the pool with friends or liven up the afternoons with some exciting water games.  Either way, enjoy the summer breeze and the opportunity to spend every waking moment living the summer dream.

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2. Go on an Adventure
I don’t just mean watching your typical morning show BEFORE you have your usual cup of coffee.  But a real adventure!  Pack up your camping gear and research some fun campsites or national parks near your home.  There are only so many days of the year where you can actually enjoy sitting outside at night by a campfire without freezing.  Spend your afternoons hiking trails surrounded by amazing views and your nights flipping burgers for friends and family on your grill.

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(Photo Cred Your LifEvents Blog)

3. Barbeque
Rally up the troops for an evening spent outdoors with great company.  Depending on where you are in the world it can get a bit chilly at night, so set up an outdoor fireplace, where your friends can relax while dinner is being grilled to perfection.  Relish in the carefree summer atmosphere as you sip on some ice cold beverages and jam out to some tunes while exchanging stories of your summer adventures. Helpful Tip: Make it easy on yourself and have each friend bring a different course so you don’t have to be in the kitchen the entire evening.

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(Photo Cred Babble)

4. Capture Every Moment
Some of the best moments will occur during the feelgood months of summer.  This is a time of the year where the usual stress of schedules and appointments evaporates into moments of bliss.  Make sure to have your camera or phone readily available to capture these great feelings.  Later, frame these memories and when school or work life consumes your days, you can look back at these photographs and remember those fun days spent soaking in the sun.

Pool Party5. Throw a back to school party
Embrace the inevitable, and put a positive spin on going back to school (…if you are out of school, get creative, ‘Back to Winter Clothes’ or ‘Goodbye Pool Days’ Party…you get the idea).  Use this party as a way to savor every possible summer activity.  This means, combine all of the suggestions above into one big blow-out.  Fire up the barbeque, crank up the music and keep the beverages ice cold!  It’s still summertime!

Summer can be the best time of the year (we know it’s our one of our favorites) and we hope this list of ideas helps you stay cool and make the most of your last weeks of summer!

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Howard Computer #TwitterRecap

Twitter RecapWe discuss a lot of exciting articles, industry news and events on our twitter account.  So if you missed out on any of the conversation this past week, we want to highlight some of our major events via twitter.

5-25-13

ISTE_#HowardISTE13

Reminder! The Annual ISTE 2013 event is quickly approaching! The conference will be held June 23rd-26th in San Antonio, TX. For all individuals attending, Howard will be at booth #12086 and we will be giving away a FREE Google Chromebook to anyone who attends or follows the event and tweets using the #HowardISTE13. Be sure to register because it’s no lie when they call this event “The Experience of a Lifetime”. 

5-26-13 Lenovo_In Rain

The amazing Lenovo ThinkPad has received a new challenge this week. The Laptop is put to the test when left outside during a rainstorm where it proves that it’s tough exterior can not be beat, but it can put on an extra few pounds in ‘water weight’. Check out the full article “When ThinkPads take a shower“. (Make sure to view the comments for a couple of good laughs!)

5-27-13

Memorial DayWe appreciate our soldiers everyday for all of their sacrifices for our country, but on Monday May 27th, Howard Industries gives a special shout out to our fallen but never forgotten heroes while we celebrated their lives on Memorial Day.  In honor of the American holiday, we featured some of our exciting summer deals full of brand name outdoor grills, slip-n-slides, bar-b-que tool sets and everything else you need for a fun-filled summer!

5-28-13

K12 SoftwareKeep your child’s mind fresh all summer long with our extensive variety of K-12 Software. You don’t have to sacrifice a fun summer to stay current on the curriculum for next year. Learning can be fun and exciting for kids during summer vacation with the many options of software games.

5-28-13 Article Venture Village Article_EdTech Revolution

A great article from the Venture Village discusses the current “EdTech” revolution, which is constantly bringing an endless amount of technological advances into the Education world. The article reiterates the amazing benefits of utilizing technology in the evolving classroom. Read the full article here.

5-29-13

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 FlipThe new Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 is out! It’s lightweight, portable and rugged exterior definitely makes this Lenovo IdeaPad a great choice in our books. It provides the option to be used as a laptop (equipped with a full keyboard) or a take it on the go and use it as a touchscreen.

5-30-13_ViewSonic   ViewSonic Digital Signage

ViewSonic enlightens us about the usage of digital signage for emergency notifications. They discuss how digital signage is no longer only used for corporate advertising, but more and more schools and universities are utilizing the technology to keep students informed about emergency situations occurring on their campus. Read the full article here.

5-31-13_AVer TabSync

AVer TabSyncIntroducing the AVer TabSync! This versatile mobile cart is an all in one iPad sync and charging station. It’s sleek, compact and full of energy. So much so that it can charge, sync, store, secure and transport up to 32 iPads at the same time. TabSync is made to significantly save schools time and money when deploying and managing multiple iPad devices.

5-31-13_Giveaway

Kick-Off Summer_custom_bannerWe are so excited about summer and we want to share ever bit of that excitement with our loyal fans during our Kick-Off to Summer Giveaway! Howard Industries is giving one lucky winner a FREE Kindle Fire HD. Spend your summer laying by the pool or relaxed indoors with all your favorite books, apps and movies at your fingertips. Enter the contest for your chance to win here!

5-31-13_Kaspersky

KasperskyIs your PC running slower than usual? You might have a virus… PCWorld provides an excellent article, “When malware strikes: How to clean an infected PC“. They provide 8 steps on how to determine the problem, check for possible fixes and how to prevent any future invasions to your PC. With Kaspersky being the recommended security software, you don’t have to wait until it’s to late to protect your PC from these unforgiving invaders.

6-1-13_Chromebook

Lenovo_ChromebookAnd of course, the unforgettable Google Chromebook. As of February 2013, more than 2,000 school districts within the US have incorporated the Google Chromebook into the student’s and faculties’ curriculum [Source]. With their instantaneous capabilities and already secured network (without having to purchase or install software) this device is definitely not one to be overlooked.

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