Monday, January 23, 2012

Back Online, Back on Track

Thank you for your support while we shut down the site in protest of the SOPA and PIPA bills that were milling about congress. We're happy to see that congress listened to the internet and decided to put those nasty bills under the carpet for a while. Hopefully we'll be able to keep that sort of legislation at bay in the future.

Speaking of the future, we got a new intern to help Rent Jungle achieve some of our goals for 2012 . Introducing Monis Khan, intern extraordinaire!

Yep, that's Monis alright. Welcome aboard! 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

SOPA Blackout

Dear Friends and Family,

If you haven't heard, there are a few bills passing around congress that could significantly disrupt the internet as we know it today. The bills, PIPA and SOPA, wold basically make it impossible for Rent Jungle to exist in the way we understand it today, so we have decided to join the growing movement of websites dedicated to getting rid of it. Tomorrow Rent Jungle will be blacked out to show an example of how these bills will censor the internet and change change the internet as we know it today by censoring it.

We strongly urge you to contact your congressional representatives and let them know that you demand a free internet. Thank you for your support, we'll see you on the 19th!

-Rent Jungle Team

Click here to see a list of other anti-SOPA supporters.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Year's Resolutions for Apartment Hunters

January is commonly known as the best month to make a fresh start. January marks the full rotation of the earth around the sun, it's when the weather hits coldest (at least in Pennsylvania), and it lands shortly after the holiday euphoria. So why not take on something new and find ways to improve your life? If you're in an apartment that hasn't been nice to you over the last year, perhaps its time to make a change. Here are some important things to keep in mind as you make the switch in 2012.

1. Kitchen's Are Important, So Get A Good One
Kitchens are often the most popular hangout areas in apartments. Not only do they grant easy access to food and beverages, but in modern architecture the kitchen is generally the center of the home. People love the smell of cooking food and like hanging out with chefs. Don't skimp on the kitchen.

2. Pay Attention to Your Feet: Flooring 
So it may just be me, but I think hardwood floors make all the difference. You don't have to deal with cat/dog/human hair everywhere, spills don't matter as much, and you have plenty of areas to place your unique Afghan rug.

3. Choose Yards or Outdoor Areas
Ever want a dog? Then get an apartment or rental home with outdoor areas. If you are lucky you can find apartment complexes with a dedicated common yard, and if you're luckier you can find a rental home with its own space out back. Having an outdoor area is not only good for your pets, its good for your soul. No one wants to stay inside 24/7. Go have a BBQ once in a while!

4. Location, Location, Vocation
There are two types of ideal locations for your apartment: the one that's close to where you work, and the one that's 20 subway stations away. A good rule of thumb is to decide which you want. If you want to stay away from work, you have a wider area to choose apartments from, but a longer commute. If you want to be able to ride your bike to work, you generally need to be within the 3 mile radius, on the same side of the river, and with a commute that is walkable. The beauty of living close to your work is that when the weather is nice you can walk or bike, and when its bad you can simply drive or take a bus. Plus who wants to wait in traffic for 45 minutes every morning anyway?

5. Be Near... Things
Do you really want to trek out a few miles to go to the grocery store because you forgot to pick up some green onions? Me either. Try to triangulate your apartment between places you know you will frequent in the future. This includes restaurants, coffee shops, bars, clubs, or whatever else you like to do. This may mean that you will be in the middle of the city, but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. Walking around the neighborhood is good for you, let's you meet neighbors you otherwise would bump into, and is a great way to tone those abs. Plus you never know what adventures lie just outside your door until you open it and step out into the world.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Rent Jungle Traffic-O-Meter

Happy 2012! To celebrate the new year, Daniel Lanigan (our Lead Developer) crafted a device that constantly tells us the traffic of our websites as they update in real time. Although he's been working on it for over a year, we were pleasantly surprised to see the mystery project come to life in the office this morning. Check it out: 

This baby flashes traffic numbers as they come into our sites. Here's a closer look: 

Notice the sleek carbon black finish on the trim. Beauty. Perfection.

The Traffic-O-Meter is connected to the router here, sucking up our much needed bandwidth and electricity. 

Personally, I think it makes a great addition to our office. We are thinking about hanging it up somewhere, but you know, that sounds like a lot of work. For now it can rest on the rarely used desk under the giant dry erase board. Next we're thinking of getting a social media ticker that flashes our statuses and comments, hopefully excluding the angry one. Thanks for checking in, till next time!