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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Expecting UPS...

Today, I am expecting my first holiday gift purchase. I wish I were a bit further along with this project. I think the problem, I started researching for holiday gifts [for the stores], in early October and now cannot decide what I want to give anyone on my gift buying list.

That said, I am enjoying the holiday season, even though I am taking my time about decorations and gift buying.

This year, because of areawide commercial and residential expansion, there are a lot of new homeowners in the area. I thought the holiday decorations in the new residential areas might be impressive, and quite frankly are not disappointing. Parkside is one of many new residential areas in Hanover.

The package did arrive today as shown in one of the photos below, along with other recent photos...

Other things I have been up to:

Planning to get out a bit more next week, so I can finish my holiday shopping and look into several projects I want to start. Hope your plans are going well.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

November Celebrations

This year, my Mother's Birthday and Thanksgiving fell relatively close, so it seemed- if I was not planning for one celebration, I was planning for the other.

As usual, my brother-in-law provided the beautiful Poinsettias that will decorate the entry and fireplace this holiday season.

For her birthday, I gave my Mother a gift card and made her favorite brownies.

I seldom purchase gift cards, however this year she seemed interested in any number of items she found online at one of her favorite department stores, so I thought it a safe bet.

That said, I have been updating my stores with seasonal finds I want to add to my shopping cart instead of gift cards:

Also keeping me busy:

  • Social media posts, see here.
  • Switching protocols from FTP to SFTP for areas on qisoftware.com that require frequent updates, i.e., Remix and this blog.
  • Research related to local area businesses.

Hope you are enjoying the holidays.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

I Love Mac & Cheese, Holidays, Fall

Do you have a cash rewards credit card? I received a $50 check in the mail Thursday, because I finally reached the payout threshold with the latest billing cycle.

All in all it was a nice week...

That said, I did not feel well yesterday morning. I felt so bad, that even though I wanted to go inside my bank to deposit the check and ask questions about a service offering, I chose to stay in the car and use the drive-through window. Glad I am feeling better today.

Earlier in the week, I worked on the stores and several other projects.

Also happy to report no more problems with my Android. See the last post.

Are you interested in what's going on insofar as National Holiday Events? How about events in my area, Arundel Mills/Live Casino? All of this looks pretty festive.

I am also putting together my market list for Thanksgiving. I wanted to try something new this year, however I think I am going to do the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. What about you?


Saturday, November 04, 2017

Android Storage Space Error Message

For the last two weeks, I have experienced problems with my Android in that an error message indicated the Storage Space was under 250 MB causing several applications [apps] to malfunction.

Briefly the specs on my Android include:

  • Android OS 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • 16GB Storage
  • 2GB RAM
  • No SD Card Slot

Initially, I tried several solutions however the error returned within a day or so. One of my problems, I use my Android and the Chrome browser quite a bit and tend to leave the browser cache unattended. Deleting the browser cache helped for a moment or two. I also deleted several apps I rarely used. Neither of these solutions worked long term.

Then I discovered, the error message was a bit misleading in that it was not actually the storage space that was causing the problem, more the amount of free RAM.

Why "all of a sudden" was this causing a "Storage Space" problem on the Android I have used daily since February 2015?

I believe it is because recent releases of the apps I use, provide more instant notifications requiring the programs to stay resident in memory.

For example, my Amazon App now provides an instant notification every time something on my "Wish List" is on sale as a Deal.

When these notifications started in October [2017], I was pleased. I still love the feature, however I had to disable it on that app as well as most of the others to free up RAM space on my Android.

As noted, solutions included turning off "Show Notifications" for most of the apps running on the Android. Since I will miss those notifications, I researched devices that would be able to handle the many applications I use on tablet/Android devices and came up with two solutions [iPad & Samsung devices with lots of storage and memory]:

Have you had a similar problem?


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Yesterday, Decided To Take a Break

Yesterday, while driving around Arundel Mills, I took these photos.

It was a gorgeous day, and today is even prettier. In our area, the leaves are just beginning to change and peak color should be here in no time. This is one of my favorite times of the year.

What else have I been up to?

  • Working on my new affiliates database.
  • Movie "John Wick Chapter 2"
  • Updating my stores.
  • Taking photos.
  • Preparing for the holidays.
  • Posting to social media accounts - see here and here.

I have also been researching software products. Microsoft Access is a powerful tool and as a software developer I can do a lot with this software, however it is not supported on the Mac operating system. I do a lot of development work on a Mac computer.

Alternatives for Mac users include, FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced. These packages are also supported on Windows platforms.

In addition, if you are not well versed in database definition [schema/structure] or the SQL standard, you may find the FileMaker offering a bit easier to use, in that there is no programming involved.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Do I Read Like a Nerd?

For the last two days, I have been developing a new Microsoft Access Database to assist with running, tracking and reporting items associated with an affiliate program.

Thus far I have created the following elements for this new database:

  • 2 Tables
  • 1 Form
  • 4 Reports [2 HTML snippets to use with my site areas]
  • 8 Queries
  • 1 Macro
  • Data Access Page [still working on this]

Though I have extensive experience developing and working with SQL compliant databases [and Microsoft's Access product], in recent years my work in this area has concentrated more on MySQL development efforts and Java JDBC programming.

This has been a great exercise for me, in that I have been looking for a reason to play with Microsoft Access again. I am pretty pleased with my efforts thus far. In 1993, when I first started working with Microsoft Access, I was pretty impressed, and I must say-- I am still impressed with its power.

That said, in 1993 I was writing front-end c routines, back-end Fortran code, c-binding for DEC's RMDBS, and the X-Windows System platform to develop graphical user interfaces for my programs.

When I was tasked to come up to speed with Microsoft's new offering [Access], I felt it comparatively easy to my other system development efforts.

I still have the original HR System I developed for my Crystal City Rockwell office. The system was pretty extensive and gave me a great opportunity to develop in the Windows environment.

Back then, I mostly developed software for Unix or VMS platforms, and used a PC to document my software development life cycle efforts.

I also used Microsoft Access to create a Program Trouble Report database that was used to support Configuration Management efforts for our contract deliverable programs. I also have this system.

My résumé boasts, Microsoft Office Power User, however until this week I had forgotten just how powerful this resource is.

Next week, I am going to continue looking at the Facebook API. I have been adding national events to the WiredPages Facebook page, for the new widget/servlet I am developing for the Style & Events page. See illustration of a similar interface here.

If you would like to have your event listed-- contact me at wiredpages dot qisoftware dot com. Check out the list to see the type of events being listed.




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