Deaf Ears and Management

Last Saturday, I was at work when Mandy called me, I was on the phone with a customer and had to reject her call.  She called back a minute or so later, so I knew it was an emergency type of call.  I put the customer on hold, and took her call.  A loud squeal coming, her in a state of uncertainty as to what to do.  She had located it to the hall and found the source:

This is on our wall and puts out we later discovered, well over 90db of noise.  She tried to turn it off, but there was no way.  Now, we were never told

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The heat killed my fan!

It has been hot in the Portland metro area just like it has been for the rest of the country.  We have not been any exception to the weather and that is all well and good.   Last week, we hit highs close to 110° and then later in the week, mid 90's.  Pretty much we have stayed cool with the help of our portable A/C and two fans, a box fan at the end of the hall near the bedroom where the A/C is blowing out of to "Throw" the heat down the hall, and then an oscillating fan which helped distribute the cooler air.

This morning, I turned on

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I'm done asking

Over the past couple of months, I have made this site to be as easy to register and login with as humanly possible short of making everything 100% accessible without memberships. 

I have made the request and offer to have anyone register on this site, and nobody has except for a few.  It has fallen on deaf ears and I am getting frustrated asking people to sign in.  I have had more spambots or automated registrations come in than I have from real people.  (Spambots - I know who you are and have blocked you!)   When I see people that don't register, that I know have in the past or

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A Letter to my Facebook Friends

To all my Facebook friends and family,

I wanted to extend an invitation to you to come join our web site!  I know many of you had registered, but have never come back and re-registered on this site after I made the final and last major upgrade I plan on doing for the next several years.   I am not sure if I have upset anyone with the changes made or if everyone is just too busy to come in and join. 

I normally do not post on Facebook.  As you are well aware, I do not post much, and when I do, is is usually little things.  Otherwise, I write

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Unfair landlord practices

Last fall, we got a notice about this, but also got one today via e-mail.  It looks like our apartment complex is getting ready to put a hammer down soon.

Dear Valued Residents, 
 Now that the weather is getting warmer we want to remind everyone of the policy change we made in the fall. We will no longer be allowing window AC units. This is a decision our company has made to protect the windows and siding which, as many of you know, we just replaced a couple of years ago. You of course may still use the AC units with the hose attachment. 
 Here are a few
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How I love my wife

One of the things that has been on my mind lately is how husbands should treat their wives.  This also applies to boyfriends as they too do apply in many areas for them.  After I had divorced in 2007, I had gone through many changes in my life, my emotional being, and I changed in ways that I still can not explain.  I like to think of my time single as a time of personal reflection, evaluation and while it was hard many days and nights to not have someone to come home to or call my wife, I was being changed without realizing it.

For husbands, this means love

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The importance of backups my story

A couple of weeks ago, I was working with my system and my backup drive which is separate from the computer was starting to act strangely.  I knew this was a sign of impending doom so I scrambled to recover what I could as the drive would work for about 2 minutes after boot up, then go down.   The amount of storage on the drive is roughly 650GB of data.  In this data set, I have every music CD we own backed up to the server and our family photos, wedding photos, and lots of other items which are not easily replaceable.   I have backed up this drive before to

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Which way would you like to login?

I am evaluating methods to add extra login security to the site.  First and foremost, the site is secured 100% with an SSL certificate, which encrypts content to and from the server and your computer.  This helps scramble your password you enter in transmission to the site.   This helps protect your logins from potential 'eves-droppers' from reading your password if they should spy on you in the coffee shop, or another open wireless network.

In today's day and age though, scrambling your password is not enough and it is vital anymore to use multi-factor authentication.  I touched upon it about a month ago, I am still searching for other methods

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2 years already?

Earlier last week, I completed the second year of employment at my job.  I work there as a sort of a help desk technician for the automotive service industry.  This job is the secondary reason for moving to the Portland area.  This last not only marked the second year at my job, but also the second year of living here in the metro Portland area in a nice suburban area.   We live just under 2 miles from the Portland city limits and often travel into the SW portion of the big city to go to one of the Safeway stores or to the children's hospital as needed.  Instead of traveling

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Tinkering with a small computer

A quick primer on the Raspberry Pi for those who are not familiar with it.  This is a small credit card sized computer which runs on 5 volts of electricity and allows you to use it as the core computer in projects, or even a project itself.   Students all over the world have used them to create robots, while hobbyists have attached cameras to them and turned them into a wildlife cam which connects to a network and sends photos to their email.   Others have used them to create full fledged arcade machines capable of playing 100's of games all inside of a standard arcade cabinet.   The array of projects

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What a week!  From power outages to a couple of medical issues in the family, to various stressful events, I am glad that the weekend is now coming upon us!

I was in a conversation with a co-worker the other day about T.G.I.F. from ABC which used to air in the late 80s and 90's.  It still runs today, but it is not broadcast like it used to with the theme music and intros.  He is about 15 or more years younger than me and his recollection of those shows are different than mine.  But we both had the same feeling, that it was a good time and the shows

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My history with computers


TRS-80 Color Computer II

When I first started using computers, I was 12 years old in 1984.  That was a magical time for me and I have very fond memories related to them.   It was then, that I remember us going to Radio Shack at the mall and my parents picking up a TRS-80 color computer II with 16K of memory and it hooked up to the TV.   It came with a tape drive to play cassette tapes which held programs and was at the time, a very amazing system.  It was this system where I started to learn how to type and became immersed in the wonders of being

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