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Monday, August 12, 2019

Sooner Than Expected

Two items of note on the financial front:

  • My FICO Score rose slightly.
  • My cash rewards credit card finally reached the $50 threshold for payout.

The emergency purchase of my new Canon EOS M50 Camera last month, finally pushed my cash rewards on my credit card over the payout limit. Paid off the credit card last week, so I think I will put the check into my bank account and let it sit for awhile.


Friday, July 26, 2019

Summer Wardrobe Additions, Navy Maxi...

I intended to wear the new outfit shown in the following photos on my birthday (Saturday, July 20th), however I felt a little under the weather, so instead I wore it yesterday to run several errands.

I stopped by the bank (birthday gifts), Aldi's market, and shot video for the local business community page I maintain on Facebook.

The Canon EOS M50 shoots great 4k video, however I decided after returning home, the video was unusable because several traffic signs were in the foreground of each frame.


Sunday, July 21, 2019

Digital Slave Flash

I have been playing around with the Digital Slave Flash that came with the Canon EOS M50 bundle I recently purchased. What is a Digital Slave Flash? It is an external flash that can either be attached to your camera's hot shoe, or positioned away from your camera and used as an autonomous light source that is triggered by the camera's flash.

In the above photo, I am of course- not using the external flash and there is very little glare from the camera's flash. I had to slant the camera away from the items to avoid the glare.

The two photos that follow show (1) a photo taken without the digital slave flash and (2) a photo taken with the external flash. I was working on a post for one of my Facebook pages, in my dimly lit bedroom this morning when I decided to pull out the external flash.

Based on my experimentation, I noticed the two flashes working in unison and when positioned correctly, negated a lot of the flash glare.

I know how to set shutter speed and IOS (manual focus settings) without using a flash to allow enough light for a decent photo, however also like using a flash. I simply think I need to learn how to use a flash more effectively.

I am having a lot of fun playing with my new camera. Professionals who have used DSLR cameras are going to love this camera and newbies like me are going to be very pleased with how easy it is to learn what the professionals know.

Background Data (Photography):

This goes without saying, I am not a professional photographer, however I take all of the photos used by my Instagram accounts and blog posts.

In college, back before digital cameras, I took a black and white photography course as an elective- to learn the basics. I have been in a darkroom and learned to use developer, stabilizers, and enlargers. I remember often being a little panicked about opening the film canister (in the dark) and getting the film into the solution.

For digital photography, I have been using a great Canon (A590) Autofocus Point & Shoot and only now, just beginning to understand the complexities of digital photography (and manual focus), with my new DSLR camera.


Monday, July 15, 2019

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless DSLR Camera w/4K Video

On Sunday, July 6, 2019, I damaged my Canon PowerShot A590, beyond repair. I was so devastated by what happened (rushing to pack up, I dropped it on the hardwood floor), I cried. I seldom cry.

I purchased the camera in 2008 and loved the many features this point and shot offered. I seldom went anywhere without it.

That said, the camera could only produce 8MB photos. Though my web hosts should have loved the small footprint of the images I used with my posts, my social media account offerings- looked a little shabby in comparison to others.

For various reasons, all of the images and photos I use on my business site, are hosted on my domains, and not a cloud or image hosting service, like Flickr. Digital photo size is an important factor in my environment and provides part of the rational for why I held off replacing the camera. The other reason? I could not justify the business expense.

That said, I did have plans to purchase a new camera in December 2019 (Christmas), and researching the Canon EOS M50. Late in the evening on July 6, 2019, I ordered the following bundle.

I have to say, I am very pleased with this new camera. Additional info about my purchase(s):

  • Love the TouchScreen Menu.
  • Love the Manual Focus and Portrait Features.
  • Also purchased BM Premium 2-Pack of LP-E12 Batteries for Canon etc..
  • Also purchased the Fotodiox Pro Lens Mount Auto Adapter.
  • Also purchased the telephoto Canon EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 IS STM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras- see more here.
  • Love the 4K Video option.
  • Love the Digital Slave Flash that came with the bundle.
  • Love the 9 different filters that also came in the bundle.
  • Love the many YouTube videos about the Canon EOS M50.

The following is an example using the Portrait option on the Canon EOS M50.

I am still playing around with the many features of the camera and other tools that came in the bundle. That said, I have found things pretty easy to understand and have come up-to-speed quickly (yes, I know the above photo, is a little overexposed). This is my first DSLR camera, and though I wanted to wait for Christmas, I am pleased with my selection.


Saturday, July 06, 2019

Blowfish Malibu Sandals

Yesterday, my new Blowfish Malibu Sandals arrived. I have to say, I just love this pair of sandals.

I am about done with this rather fun task and pretty pleased with most of the items I purchased. Maybe I just needed an excuse to spend money on new clothes.

That said, while shopping for my new casual summer wardrobe, I also searched for new items to add to my Back To School shop. I am pretty pleased with many of these finds. Almost wish I were off to school next month.


Monday, July 01, 2019

Summer Wardrobe: Taking Stock

For the last month, I have been trying to update my casual summer wardrobe.

Over the month of June, I have purchased several new summer dresses, sandals, and acquired two new shrugs. I have only spent about $400, so my investment has not been huge, however notable because I seldom spend money on casual wear.

Some new items acquired over the month of June:

What started this buying spree?

  • Damaged several of my old sandals trying them on.
  • Complaint from my Mother, my casual wear seems a bit tattered.
  • Celebration of sorts over having my renewals in place (see last post).
  • Birthday in July, and I always try to ensure I spend gift money on things I need.
  • Not working software projects, too much time on my hands.

Old shoes...

Unless going out, I keep my hair pinned up, however easy to comb out if I need to go out. That said, I decided to purchase hair combs to help me manage on hot humid days. In the first set of photos for this post (above), (yesterday) I had my hair out, because I was trying on new items and took photos.

Not everything has arrived, actually most of the items are still not here, however I am excited about the new additions to my wardrobe.


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Finally, All Renewals In Place

Yesterday, the QiSoftware business renewal notification was finally posted to the Maryland egov business website, completing all of the renewals I had for this year. This post discusses in some detail, the renewals scheduled for this year and why they were a concern for me.

I was a little concerned because I sent the check on April 25, 2019. I went by my business mailing address on the same day to pick up the renewal application. According to the Maryland business website, the application was sent 10 days earlier.

If you click on the link associated with the above illustration, use either of the following search criteria to access the QiSoftware business related information provided by the State of Maryland.

  • Business Name: QiSoftware
  • Department ID: T00212348

Five years ago it seemed the business renewal process took a lot less time, however happy its all done. On May 8th, 2019 I called the Maryland office which handles the renewals to find out if the check I sent had been received, explaining I seldom send checks through the mail and simply wanted to find out if they were in receipt of the payment. That night the check was sent to my bank for processing (note the above illustration). I did not call again.

P.S. This year, I also had to go through the Real ID (Federal Law) process to renew my Driver's Licence, so you may want to see this post for what to expect if you have to do the same.


Saturday, June 01, 2019

Recipe Review: Stabilized Whipped Cream

One of the ingredients I use in my Cheesecake recipe, is heavy whipping cream. Normally, with the leftover cream, I use a Braun Immersion Mixer to make whipped cream.

The whipped cream though good, tends to lose its body after a day, so I found a Stabilized Whipped Cream recipe that I decided to test.

Short video- making the Stabilized Whipped Cream version...

Both versions of the whipped cream are good, however the version using the Braun Immersion mixer should be used immediately (it will destabilize over time). I think the stabilized version is worth the effort.

Things you may need for these recipes:


Friday, May 24, 2019

Bedroom & office Additions

Currently, I set up an office in any room in the house because I am mostly mobile. Even my bedroom has a desk (of sorts) and an old computer. I rarely use the desk and old computer, instead a breakfast tray and wifi wireless devices.

Also in my bedroom, I have a four poster bed, highboy chest, dresser, and two nightstands. The set is all wood (cannot get all wood now for the price I paid then), in a Queen Ann style with a cherry finish, purchased over twenty years ago. I also maintain an office upstairs where I have two of my desktop computers. The photos below, show elements from both rooms.

I would like to update the bedroom set, however it is not a priority at this time. What can I do? Update the desk in the bedroom. I have looked around and found things I would like to add.

The leather wingback chair, is really not an option at this time, however I love this idea (used to have a pink wingback chair in my bedroom-- see link below). Not only is it a little too expensive (for my budget), I really do not have the room. The guest bedroom is larger, however for some reason I did not want to take that room.

The finial is to replace the one on the lamp in the upstairs office. I was moving the stereo equipment and cables around and dropped the lamp. I am happy only the finial was damaged (superglued it). I purchased the lamp years ago from the Tyson's Corner Woodward and Lothrop and would have been very upset if more damage had been done.

Underneath the desk, I have a cardboard box holding paper stock that I want to replace with the rolling wicker file cabinet.

More photos of my office areas...

These updates would cost around $700.00, and within budget, however it would mean going into my savings. I will let you know what I decide. The problem, I want an iPad, iPhone, and iMac Pro.


Monday, May 20, 2019

Lazy Sunday

Yesterday morning, Sunday, I got up early, took a shower and made dessert (fruit tart discussed here).

Then I dressed (hair & makeup), and decided to enjoy Sunday morning driving around town. Some things I noticed...

Last week, because I am always researching new ways to generate revenue from my sites, I signed up for a new affiliate marketing program. Often, I try to develop new programs for use on WiredPages and this blog using affiliate API network resources. For example, see this link.

So yesterday, after returning from my drive, I sat around reviewing some of the affiliate merchant programs offered by ShareASale.com.

I also made a pizza and watched a movie, "Jennifer 8" on television. The illustration below shows the other side (see last post) of the main entry. Behind me on the right, is the closet and on the left, the hallway leading to the informal dining room off the kitchen (working on the smile, issue).

Then I went out to my gardens and took photos...

Came in, updated some of my stores, had dessert and went to bed around 9:00 pm.

Thought the new episode of Showtime's "Billions" was coming on last night, however research provided the new segment is scheduled for next Sunday. Think it is the season finale.

Did you have a nice weekend?


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Main Entry: New Look

We are still creating the new look for the main entry. Late last year, we purchased an espresso console table from Wayfair to replace the Queen Anne Table & Mirror that were damaged.

Last month, we finally hung a mirror that matched the table and are now in the process of adding other pieces to compliment the new look.

A couple of weekends ago, I found the brass pocket change holder in a drawer somewhere, so I cleaned it up with Brasso. The palm tree (purchased specifically for the area) and other knick-knacks found around the house added a new dimension. We are pleased with how this turned out.


Monday, May 13, 2019

Business Savings: Color Printing

I am always trying to cut my business expenses. Several years ago (December 15, 2014), I purchased a Konica Minolta Color Laser Printer (see Items I Have) at a great price because I wanted to cut costs on inkjet printing.

Realized savings: I am still using the original toner cartridges that came with the color laser printer. Because I seldom need to use a printer, I no longer worry about dried out ink cartridges when I do need to print. Laser toner cartridges do not dry out.

I purchased the same printer for my Mother a year earlier because she constantly complained she needed to replace the ink for her inkjet printer. Her toner cartridges have never been replaced.

I use Microsoft Publisher for most of my production printing needs. I have been using Microsoft Productivity Suite Software since 1991 or so, therefore I have little or no overhead costs insofar as "howto". You may want to consider this when deciding to do your own printing.

The illustration below, shows the Publisher windows for the check I recently sent to the State of Maryland for my business renewal and this year's Mother's Day card for my Mother.

Illustrated below, photos of some of the paper stock I keep on hand for printing and (on the right) the unfolded and folded printed Mother's Day card and a photocopy of the printed check. If you look closely at the photocopy of the check, you will see the hidden "void" stamps, a feature of the check paper I use.

I use Microsoft Money for all of my financial record keeping, and though I could print checks with that software, prefer to use Microsoft Publisher for that particular task (both personal and business checks). Here again, I can do this because I seldom write checks, preferring instead to use a credit or debit card when making purchases.

Another cost saving? I order inexpensive secure blank check paper which I can use for either account type (business or personal).


Saturday, May 11, 2019

On The Menu- Last Week (May 2019)

Went to the market and purchased many of my favorites, so I decided to take photos of the dishes and snacks I prepared over the last week.

Photos, reading left to right:

  • Grilled Ham & Cheese on Sara Lee Artesano Bread (photos 1 & 2)
  • Fresh Fruits from the market
  • Fish (Gortons) & Chips w/Coke
  • Strawberry Shortcake and Fresh Strawberries (photos 5 & 6)
  • Thomas' Mini Bagel w/Philly Cream Cheese & Apple Jelly (Smuckers), Watermelon Chunks & Bacon
  • Blackened Chicken Breast Slices (Oscar Mayer) on a Hamburger Roll, Grapes & UTZ Honey BBQ Chips
  • Peanut M&Ms
  • Grapes
  • Red Baron Brick Oven Pepperoni Pizza

Normally, I have Kung Pao Chicken at least once a week, so I am a bit surprised I do not have a photo. Think I had it a day prior to the start of my photo shoot. Also not shown, the chicken fajitas I had on at least two occasions last week.


Sunday, May 05, 2019

My MasterCard Activity: April-May 2019

I use the Sunset version of Microsoft Money to track all of my financial accounts (both business and personal). This works for me because I use a Windows XP platform to maintain these records. Quicken is a good alternative, if you are looking for something similar.

The illustration below, shows the MasterCard account activity for the last month (via Microsoft Money).

Line items shown for the MasterCard account include:

  • Today's Payments-- broken down into non-business and business related expenses (I have separate business and personal checking accounts with different financial institutions).
  • New plants (Safeway)
  • MVA Payment Driver's License
  • MVA Payment Car Registration
  • Mother's Day Gifts
  • Cobbler Repairs
  • Domain Registration Renewals
  • Some line items redacted because I do not wish to publicize how much I pay for a particular service.

For various reasons I prefer to use my credit cards rather than debit cards, whenever possible, hence the reason you also see the charge for my visit to Dunkin Donuts (I rarely do this). That said, I pay entire balances when statements come due.

Keep in mind, I am a sole proprietor (QiSoftware), however rarely have the opportunity to deduct business expenses. That said, I do track business expenses through payment checking accounts and Microsoft Money.

The MasterCard discussed in this post is a personal credit card which I use for both personal and business use. My business is a legal business entity (in Maryland), however I use the same tax identification number for both business and personal filings. I note these details in case you are a business owner and wonder why I track and pay in the manner I have outlined.


Sunday, April 28, 2019

2019 Renewals

Coming into the new year (2019), I had several business registration and motor vehicle renewals, including:

  • QiSoftware's Business Renewal (every 5 years)
  • Domain Registration Renewals for hosting-q.com and reginadenisethomas.com (résumé site)
  • Driver's License Renewal (every 8 years)
  • Automobile Registration Renewal (every 2 years)

For some reason this bothered me. This may have been because the business and driver's license renewals both came due this year.

Happy the last of the renewals (QiSoftware's Business Registration) was mailed off last week (paperwork shown in the illustration below).

My new driver's license arrived in March (birthday in July) and the car registration and stickers earlier this month (April).

Other business related renewals: This year, I actually had four domain renewals however only hosting-q.com and reginadenisethomas.com (résumé site) are active sites. QiSoftware.com expires in June 2020, however will be renewed long before the current expiration date.

Also shown in the above illustration, new plants purchased last week and the apple pie I had for dessert today. I have already started trimming the palm and the little pineapple plant will get more leaf shine.

Other things I have been up to?

  • Movie: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
  • Movie: "Misconduct"
  • Movie: "Crazy Rich Asians"
  • Showtime Series: "Billions"
  • Looking forward to the Showtime Series: "City on a Hill" premiering Sunday, June 16 at 9 p.m.
  • Looking forward to the final season of Showtime's "The Affair"
  • and the new season of StarZ's "Power"

It was a nice day here, and I decided to prepare a somewhat large dinner. On the menu: pork chops, steamed cabbage, mac & cheese, candied yams and cornbread. Did I mention apple pie for dessert? Happy, the kitchen is tidy and the dishwasher is ending its drying cycle.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Public Notice (this is going to be long and updated)

Yesterday, stopped by Arundel Mills Mall to pick up a pair of sandals and my Coach bag from the cobbler. I also wanted to get an exterior photo of the new Ulta Beauty location, scheduled to open May 3, 2019.

See this related Facebook page for one of my community projects-- note the Instagram tab.

I broke the strap on my Coach bag several years ago, and just now getting around to having it repaired.

The illustration below, shows what I was wearing yesterday from the top up. You cannot see in the photos so allow me to explain- I completed the ensemble with a matching brown pencil skirt, stockings and a conservative pair of leather pumps. My mother thought I looked nice.

Why am I doing this (writing this post at this time)? Not because, as I have just noticed, the WiredPages Employment page has issues this morning with the CareerOneStop API resources. You may recall there were problems about a month ago.

For the last 7 years, since negotiating a settlement worth millions, all of this was going to be over in short order. Almost every day, since then, this promise has been offered. Explanations given to me as to why it is not over (for me at least), goes something like this-- I tend to draw the filth and it is said that major law schools and Washington are cleaning up a lot of the filth.

On August 19th, 2018-- around 2:30 am in the morning a car smashed into the front door of the house my mother and I live in (local news story and video to be provided later). Just under a week earlier someone shot at one of the cars with a BB Gun-- here is the related post.

Do you think all of this happened because I am a shun somehow? No. I am an upstanding citizen with expired government clearances and a business owner. I know who my parents are and most people who have known me, understand I have a great many public relatives. This includes Richard Nixon. He is my grandfather. I did not know this until 1998. Am I somehow part of the Watergate scandal? No. That said, I do understand how all of this ties in, however feel to explain in more detail, would be detrimental in my attempts to resolve all of this.

Allow me to also explain, my parents purchased the home where I reside, in 1984. It was a brand new home and built to my parents specification-- meaning it was an empty lot when they signed the contract to purchase. The community elementary school was built in 1955 and less than a football field away from the house. Why is this important? If there were questions about my parents or me given our extensive ties to Washington, Europe and Hollywood (casting couch issues)-- they would not have allowed my parents to move into the house nor would I have livedat the residence since 1996.

Like most governments (state, local or federal) home owners with background check issues-- no matter how big the celebrity or public figure-- cannot live in a house too close to an elementary school. Does not matter who they pay off. Most governments cannot afford to have big names with criminal issues owning a home like the one I live in. Most public figures with issues cannot even spend the night in a house like the one I live in because of its locale. If the state of Maryland could have moved me because of a character or criminal issue-- they would have. Promise.

I would also like to explain, I am HIV negative. This should not carry as much weight in all of this as it may, however I believe has been a big factor in many of the issues.

To be continued...


Thursday, April 11, 2019

This Day In History Calendar: Java Applet to Servlet Conversion

Work continues in the process to convert all of my Java applets to servlets. The latest effort, the "This Day In History (TDIH) Calendar" applet illustrated in the following graphic.

You may recall, the TDIH applet originally ran on the WiredPages Style & Events page.

Since most modern desktop and tablet i.e., iPad/Android browsers no longer support Java Applets, I have been in the process of converting the applets to servlets.

The graphic on the left, illustrates the new TDIH Calendar as a Java Servlet. The html code snippet on the right demonstrates in real time, access links to the history.com site for April historical events that happened on the specified day.

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30        

Though most of the work on the new servlet has been completed, I am not sure when I will install the new tool.

Related Effort: The old Blogger Calendar applets will also be rewritten using a lot of the underlying code from this conversion effort.


Friday, March 29, 2019

Working Redesign Projects

I am not a web designer (more software developer), that said I do all of the work -including web design for my sites.

As mentioned in the last post, I recently updated the look for the Business Blog, Remix. I liked the way the new header graphic worked out so I thought I would do something similar for this blog.

Initially, I tried a photo image, however the results were not what I expected. I searched through stock clip-art I keep on hand and found a graphic I thought I could use.

The new header graphic for this blog looks similar to the one created for the business blog, however I am going to keep both headers for the time being.

Why not hire a web designer? Nerdy programmer cannot afford a web designer. Because of security issues, I have put on hold most of my programming projects, and began updating the graphics on several areas of my site (qisoftware.com). That said, programming is easier for me.

Other things I have been working?

By the way, have you noticed the relatively new widget on the WiredPages Real Estate page?

Unique properties are added to the interface (lower right corner on the page) on Tuesdays & Fridays. There are quite a few noteworthy (expensive) homes that you may want to scroll through. I have spent a little time going through the interiors of most of the homes. If you love great design be sure to check out the details by clicking on the links.

Want your Unique Property listed? A project I am considering.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Remix Updates (March 2019)

Over the weekend, I updated the header graphics and elements of the CSS for the QiSoftware Business Blog, Remix.

In coming weeks, you may notice changes to other areas of the QiSoftware site and its sub domains.

QiSoftware site areas include (but not limited to):

QiSoftware updates in conjunction with new features and other enhancements planned for the site.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Driver's License Renewal Process

Spent most of the day, yesterday at the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) Express Services facility in Columbia, MD renewing my driver's license.

Why? Although, I set an appointment for Friday, March 29th, 2019, I decided I wanted to get this process out of the way as soon as possible. My first mistake. I should have stayed with the original appointment.

Key to my driver's license renewal process was having my prescription for glasses updated and certified by a doctor. Saturday, I picked up the glasses and Sunday, the MVA paperwork signed by my doctor detailing my corrected vision with the prescription.

So this prompted the desire to have the license renewed sooner rather than later.

The second mistake- I photo copied my birth certificate and did not take the original with me to the MVA facility. I returned home to get the original. Although, I returned to the facility by 11:00 AM, I did not leave the center until after 3:00 PM.

Based on my experience, I thought I would post things you might do to avoid problems:

Your State will probably provide the exact details as to the documents required for the renewal process, however the list above provides a good starting point.

My birthday, is not until July, so I had a little time to complete the process, however I wanted to make sure I had my eyes certified by a doctor before I went in to renew my license.

Maryland notified me in February that I could start my renewal process at anytime. The notification and collection of documents made me a little apprehensive at first, however I had more than enough in the large folder I used to collect the copies, including copies of diplomas, social security card, birth certificate, a motor vehicle registration, bank card statements, recent tax returns and official correspondence from state agencies.

Be sure to read carefully your State's requirements for the renewal process.


Saturday, March 16, 2019

Picked Up New Glasses

Went by Visionworks @ArundelMills this morning to pick up my new glasses.

Pretty pleased with how this turned out. Took advantage of a "Buy One, Get One Free" offer.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Recent Additions, Just Want

Spring is right around the corner, along with the rainy season. In anticipation, I have been thinking about things I would like to own.

I added the above items to the "Just Want" store...


The socks are a little late in the season, however when I find this type of sock, I always want to stock up.


Tuesday, March 05, 2019

I Am Getting New Glasses

Last week, I had an eye appointment for new glasses. I ordered two pairs. Normally, I wear contacts during the day and glasses at night, however I have not purchased new prescription glasses in over 10 years so I thought it was time.

The new glasses are on the way. With all of the advancements in eye care treatment, I am rather old school as to how I handle my eye care needs:

  • Very near-sighted
  • Astigmatic
  • Aging eyes (need reading glasses)
  • Use computers a lot

I prefer to handle each of these issues separately rather than a single correction (contacts or glasses). The reason? The astigmatic issue, in my case- eyes are slightly off center, and at times causes dizziness and headaches depending on the type of vision wear.

I prefer contacts and over the counter reading glasses most of the time and prescription glasses without the bifocal for night time wear.

PS- Why do I have on PJs and makeup? I work from a home-office and often leave my hair pinned up, unless going out. When I have to take it out (should be every other day), sometimes I want to see if I still know how to apply makeup. I took photos because I thought my hair looked nice. Photo on the right shows the squinting issue without my reading glasses.


Monday, March 04, 2019

Go Figure.

On February 24, 2019, I installed a new tool for job seekers, refer to this post.

On the first of March, I noticed both CareerOneStop resources I installed on the WiredPages Employment page no longer worked. I tweeted about it.

The Occupation Wage Data tool as discussed in this post, was installed September 23, 2018.

The CareerOneStop APIs are offered by the U.S. Department of Labor. On March 1st both tools were rendered inoperable because of a new requirement dealing with TLS protocols put into place by the government agency running the API service.

On Saturday, March 2, 2019, I fixed the TLS handshake problem by adding the following line of code to each of the Java servlets used in the deployment of the tools (keep in mind I use a private JVM on my hosting platform):

static {System.setProperty("https.protocols", "TLSv1,TLSv1.1,TLSv1.2");}

This morning, the tools are again inoperable.

Go Figure.......................................

More information: As I indicated the tools were operable all day Saturday and Sunday, however this morning the Protocol Handler was paused (reviewing Private JVM log files-- not shown "null pointer returned" for each request). Not sure why.

Mar 03, 2019 3:01:27 PM org.apache.catalina.core.StandardServer await INFO: A valid shutdown command was received via the shutdown port. Stopping the Server instance. Mar 03, 2019 3:01:27 PM org.apache.coyote.AbstractProtocol pause INFO: Pausing ProtocolHandler ["http-apr-13895"] Mar 03, 2019 3:01:27 PM org.apache.catalina.core.StandardService stopInternal INFO: Stopping service Catalina Mar 03, 2019 3:01:27 PM org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappClassLoaderBase clearReferencesJdbc SEVERE: The web application [] registered the JDBC driver [com.mysql.jdbc.Driver] but failed to unregister it when the web application was stopped. To prevent a memory leak, the JDBC Driver has been forcibly unregistered. Mar 03, 2019 3:01:27 PM org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappClassLoaderBase clearReferencesThreads SEVERE: The web application [] appears to have started a thread named [Abandoned connection cleanup thread] but has failed to stop it. This is very likely to create a memory leak. Mar 03, 2019 3:01:27 PM org.apache.coyote.AbstractProtocol stop INFO: Stopping ProtocolHandler ["http-apr-13895"] Mar 03, 2019 3:01:27 PM org.apache.coyote.AbstractProtocol destroy INFO: Destroying ProtocolHandler ["http-apr-13895"]

A lot of my case involves, how could all of this have happened. When I work hard to install operable tools and someone interferes with my efforts, I have to show how and why these issues might be in play. Just wanted this issue noted.

I spent a bit of time researching and developing these tools. I do not like my work tampered with, especially when I have an ongoing case.


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

FICO® Scores

Yesterday, I decided to check my FICO® Credit Score. This link provides similar statistics from a check 3.5 years ago.

The score is slightly higher now, I think because savings accounts were established in the intervening period and my debt to income ratio looks good.

I have business savings and checking accounts with the same bank, a personal checking account with another large institution, and personal savings accounts with the following:

Want to learn more about credit scores?




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