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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Hyper-Extended Knee? Not Sure How.

Last Thursday, while changing a light bulb in one of the lamps above the garage doors, I missed a step on the step-ladder and briefly lost my balance. I was also trying to avoid the hose caddy I left sitting right next to the ladder-- so when I stepped off [skipping the lower step] I saw the hose caddy and this caused more of a scare. Somehow I picked up the ladder in this balancing act-- and was finally able to gain control of both the ladder and me without harm- or so I thought.

Long story, short-- though I did not realize I strained my left knee during this balancing act-- I must have, because I have been hobbling around for the last 3 days. The pain did not start until several hours after the incident-- and that first night I was in excruciating pain. Almost impossible to walk without support. Today, is the first day-- the knee feels almost normal again.

Because of this, I have been either in front of a television or working on a computer for most of the weekend.

What have I been up to?

  • Updating my Amazon Stores- see here, here, and here.
  • Shown in the photo above-- the Washington Redskins game is on.
  • Movies: "Insomnia" and "Manglehorn" both w/ Al Pacino and "Joy" w/Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro.
  • Taking photos of my Fall Gardens... [see below].
  • Watching the new cub twin pandas at the Atlanta Zoo
  • Shopping for gifts. My mother's birthday is next month and of course, Christmas is coming. I always start researching this early in the season because [1] I order most things online and want to make sure I have time to return if I make a mistake and [2] I like researching for my Amazon Stores.

My Fall Blooms... [referenced above].

This year, I seem to think I need big ticket items and have added them to my Just Want category, however have added what I think are nice ideas [with lower price tags] under the Gift Ideas category. Are you spending big this holiday season?

Saturday, October 15, 2016

My Old Home Office

When I started putting together my first home office, I was still with corporate America.

That first home office was comprised of a notebook computer, desktop computer, postscript printer, dot matrix printer, a big black desk from Ikea and a myriad of productivity software, including WordPerfect and most of the components of the first versions of Microsoft Office. Other software programs installed on my home computers included: a C-Compiler, FoxPro [checked out from the office] and Harvard Graphics . I used the spare bedroom in my condo for my office space.

Why did I need a home office? I worked a lot. I was a task leader on several life cycle computer related programs for the Navy [as a contractor], which meant I was responsible for the software, design, debug and documentation.

Because of the type of programming I provided-- most of the software implementation had to be done from my business office where I had access to X-Windows supported hardware and resources. I could write and edit the program documentation anywhere-- and at home, any hour of the day. I am a morning person-- and like nothing better than getting up first thing in the morning to work.

The summer right after I left corporate America, because of the many legal issues involved with my departure-- and the lawyers-- my home office became more of a legal center.

Rather than the postscript printer, my then new, Brother Fax Machine became the center of my world.

Today, my home office shows remnants of that earlier legal center, however is rarely used now, unless the need to fax the FBI or a Court arises.

Shown below, my new home office [the briefcase] and the fax/laser printer located on the main floor.

Okay, I do have other "office space" in the house where computers and other supplies are located, however the contents of the bag include my Macbook, Netbook and Andriod which are the main tools I use most often for work [these days].

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Buttermilk Pancakes...

I have been home alone since Thursday, September 29, 2016, because of an extended family health issue. Normalcy should return tomorrow.

This morning, I finally tested the Buttermilk Pancake Recipe I found on and have to report-- it is pretty good.

Most are aware, because of legal issues- I do not like being mistaken for someone else. In the coming weeks I will be out a bit more than normal because of appointments I need to keep. My appearance is changing. Of course, I am getting older and it shows.

That said, I have been working on a project that slightly changes my appearance more. I simply want to note it...

Other things I have been up to?

  • Updating my Amazon Stores, see here, here and here. BTW: Found a Mac Mini slightly cheaper however with less memory. My software development environments require a lot of memory. Still researching...
  • Movie: The Private Lives of Pippa Lee w/Robin Wright Penn [caught last night]
  • Tennis: Asian swing, including current tournaments; the China Open and Japan Open Championships. Upcoming, the Shanghai Rolex Masters
  • And finally, see this post on my Business Blog, Remix.

It was a quiet weekend and I am told everything is as good as can be expected insofar as the relative's health issue. This is good news.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Late Year Business Expenditures

Like most, I have more [combination of personal and business] expenses between September and the end of December- than at any other time of the year. This in part, due to holiday spending and an annual web hosting bill for QiSoftware's [] domain web hosting payments are quarterly.

I currently use Microsoft Money [Sunset version] for both personal and business finance management. Below, an itemized listing of some of my recurring business expenses/bills that are stored within the application. This allows for easy insertion and debit from the specified payment account[s] when the bills are paid.

Since in recent weeks I have had a number of both scheduled and unscheduled business related expenses, rather than provide copies of the bills I paid [as I have done in the past], I thought I would provide the MS Money illustration.

Unscheduled Business Expenses....

  • New USB Mouse for RCA/Windows 10 platform
  • New Blue Tooth Keyboard and Case for Android

Yes, running my business costs and I still have a number of legal issues. This just a reminder for law enforcement jurisdictions, i.e., FBI, DOJ.

What else have I been up to?

  • Updating Amazon Stores-- See upper right sidebar.
  • Tonight: Season Finale Starz's "Power" Series
  • Photography...
  • Minor adjustments to this blog's template.
  • Thinking about all the business related tasks I want to do with a new Mac Mini and trying to justify using credit. Would be another unscheduled business expense.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

End of Summer 2016...

I know Summer is over because I want to buy new computers and get busy with several business related projects.

I have also been researching every imaginable adaptor, hub, and accessory to ensure I have interconnectivity with all of my existing devices as well as devices I want to purchase.. see here and here.

Recently, I picked up a 4 Port USB Hub to use with my RCA Windows 10 PC/Tablet.

Though the system has both a touchpad and touchscreen, I have found I like using a USB Mouse as the primary input in addition to the keyboard.

The new hub works well. It allows me to connect multiple USB devices while using the USB Mouse.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Middle Saturday, US Open - 2016

US Open has been on since Monday, so I have been catching a lot of the action on WatchESPN.

Short video describing my setup this afternoon...

Other projects? School started a week ago in my area so I am planning updates to my Amazon Stores for the upcoming Fall and Holiday Seasons... I love Fall.

In addition, yesterday- when I tried to update an application on my Android, I received an insufficient storage message. This the reason I am backing up files to external hard drives and clearing space on several of my systems. Have you had this problem with your Android?

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