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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Credit Card Rewards

One of my banks offers rewards for using their credit card. I love this concept and pay for most purchases with the card.

This month, charges itemized on the bill included:

  • Eye Glasses & Contact Lens Prescriptions
  • Contact Lenses [2 boxes]
  • Three new domain registrations totaling about $35
  • Web Hosting qisoftware.com
  • Cell Phone
  • Mother's Day Gift for my Mother

Total charges last month; about $397. This added about $4.00 to my rewards account balance bringing it to $44.82. The credit card issuer will send a check when the balance reaches $50.

Noted in the illustration above, this morning I paid the entire card balance. This ensures I do not incur interest charges on any carryover balance, making the cash rewards the card offers even more attractive.

Last month, I noticed Amazon also offers a similar cash rewards [Visa] card. I have a great card, however this appears to be something worth looking into-- Amazon Rewards Visa by Chase.


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend 2017

It is a beautiful quiet holiday weekend here and I do not have much on tap.

Things I have been up to?

Those in the area may have noticed, I have been out a bit more researching and photographing ongoing projects.

Also still thinking about new websites [discussed in the last post] and all that entails.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

HanoverMaryland [dot] org

Recently, I have been working several projects mostly associated with the HanoverMDBusinesses Page maintained on Facebook.

Preliminary tasks [for one of the projects] included, registering two new domains:

  • hanovermaryland.org [future full blown website similar to ococean.com]
  • reginadenisethomas.com [software and other support tools for my projects that I do not want hosted on my business sites, i.e., qisoftware.com and hosting-q.com]

I also created a new Instagram account that will be used exclusively with the HanoverMaryland Businesses page and site.

Currently, the Facebook page uses the QiSoftware Instagram account w/hashtag "hanovermdbiz". In the future, the new HanoverBusinesses Instagram account will be integrated on both the page and site.

To provide a more professional appearance to the photos published via Instagram, I have been playing around with the Photo Apps that were pre-installed on my Android and Windows10 platform.

Both apps, quite frankly are pretty sophisticated and allow for incremental angular rotation and image cropping- both of which I find quite useful. I use these apps because I post Instagram photos from my Android to the QiSoftware account and now from the Windows10 platform to the new HanoverBusinesses Instagram account.

The HanoverMDBusinesses page is sort of a hobby that I started in 2010 and work when time permits. I hope the new [future] website and other online resources will engage visitors and promote the business/entertainment/shopping/dining community that exists just outside my back door [figuratively speaking].


Monday, May 08, 2017

Eye Appointment Today

Last month I scheduled an eye appointment [for today], with the Arundel Mills location of VisionWorks.

For awhile now, I have been trying to get over to the mall for new photos of all the new stores opening @Arundel Mills.

Most of the photos will be used for posts, Instagram feed photos, or events associated with the HanoverMDBusinesses page, I maintain on Facebook.

As most know, the Maryland Live! Casino is co-located with Arundel Mills Mall and the new seventeen story hotel [Live Hotel], under construction now [due to open late 2017 or early 2018], appears to be bringing in a lot of new stores.

Imagine, the casino, live entertainment @Center Stage, the new hotel, shopping, world class dining, and all of the other entertainment venues the mall has to offer- all in one place. It all looks very exciting.

Today was the perfect opportunity to walk the 3/4 of a mile distance around the mall and shoot a lot of new photos.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Hanover Maryland Businesses on FB, More Features

I have been working on several enhancements to the Hanover Maryland Businesses Page on Facebook.

Several page tabs have been added, including:

  • Hanover Maryland Jobs [now working, also see the "Use App" Button installed sometime ago providing the same type of data...]
  • Hanover Maryland Real Estate
  • Instagram Feed using a specific #hashtag for the area
  • Pinerest [added a board w/pins, specific to Hanover Maryland]

Illustrated below, the updated page and tab flow as provided to the page administrator [in case you are wondering why the page in your browser is slightly different].

I would also like to include a page tab that provides economic and demographic profile data for the area, however have yet to find an up-to-date source for the specific area of Hanover Maryland.

In the meantime, if you would like more information about the area- contact the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce or the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Canon Vixia Camcorder

Finally ordered a camcorder. The final decision came down to these two:

  • Canon Vixia HF R700
  • Canon Vixia HF R800 [see this link]

I opted for the 2016 unit [R700] because it was $41.00 cheaper. The specs on both almost the same, however the R800 has one or two added features.

I am very pleased with my new hardware. Its light, easy to use and has the high definition and external microphone support I was looking for. Two items I will be ordering in the near future, an external microphone and one additional battery pack.

A short demo video to show the type of output you can expect from this camcorder.

Above, I am using the HTML5 Video Player to provide either a MP4, OGV or WEBM version of the video- depending on the browser requesting the playback.

I am using a commercial software app "TheFileConverter" to convert the MTS video file the camcorder created, into the MP4, OGV and WEBM formats for use with web browsers. Shown below- part of the underlying html for the HTML5 Video Player.

I do not need to provide different video formats for my social media accounts and am so pleased I can now upload Full HD Video to my Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, and Youtube accounts.


Monday, March 20, 2017

My Resume [Long Version]


Sunday, January 01, 2017

Disclosure Policy

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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, 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 hosting-q.com. QiSoftware's [qisoftware.com] 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.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Productive Week...

I have been busy this week with several projects. As mentiioned earlier I ordered several items last week, including:

Most of the items arrived this week [yesterday], so I have either been installing memory, designing check templates or setting up the new Windows10 Tablet, i.e., printer drivers, every internet browser I can find, etc.

For most of the week, I researched financial software features, legal questions and design issues as related to the use of blank bank checks.

I currently use MS Money to track business and personal finances. I have two checking accounts; a business account and a personal account. I have never ordered checks for either.

I am not sure why I will ever need to use a check, in that my business checking account provides a lot of services, i.e., Direct Deposit, Payroll, etc., because it is a business account. I have had my business checking account since 2004 and have only used counter checks twice over the entire time the account has been in use.

My personal account is a basic checking account, and both [business & peronal] have associated credit/debit cards.

That said, I thought I would design checks for use with MS Money, and discovered after I ordered the blank checks, my verison of MS Money does not print the account information on the checks. This the reason I decided to design my own checks.

I spent under $200 for everything I ordered last week, [not mentioned the 32GB card for the new RCA Windows10 Tablet/PC, however also included in the total amount spent]. My birthday is next week, so I will recoup most of what I spent.


The RCA Windows10 Tablet/PC? I could not be more pleased... It was a good decision in that I do not have a Windows10 platform [mom has an HP Notebook Windows10 in her bedroom- that I fix sometimes, however rarely use].

The new tablet allows me to see all of the issues as related to web and software desgin for that platform. It arrived yesterday afternoon, and I have already started working some of the design issues based on what I now know about Windows 10.

For well under $200 given my career-- it is perfect. No, the new tablet will not travel with me, it is heavy. It will be used as more a house internet tool on the main floor where shown [see above photo]. House gadget? Print recipes, maps, etc. It is always on.

I did install the WatchESPN app for that platform, however could not install Verizon FiOS, so it will not replace iPads nor Androids at this time. Overall there are more apps for iPads and Androids and a lot of the tools we all use on our tablets, are simply not available- for the Windows10 Tablet. Think of it more as a Windows 10 PC for a great price.


Thursday, June 02, 2016

Bank Money Transfers, I Learn Something New Everyday...

I bank with two separate large banks. At one bank, I have a business account with linked checking and savings accounts and a personal checking account at another bank.

I have not set up online transfer on any of the accounts. In my case, I have had odd things happen with my business checking account and I simply prefer not to set up the feature-- anywhere. Too many powerful people know who I am and my business checking account is linked to a lot of my affiliate activity. I opened the business checking account in November 2004 shortly after I registered my business [QiSoftware] with the State of Maryland.

This causes problems if I want to transfer funds from any of the accounts to an external bank account, i.e., I can easily transfer funds between my business checking account and business savings account, however I cannot transfer between the business accounts and the personal checking account at the other bank.

So today, I went out to learn just how hard this would be. I am not sure why I thought I could simply walk into the bank I wanted to withdraw from, and ask to transfer the funds to the other bank given I had the account and routing information. I thought it would be a swipe of the card. It was not. Instead, I withdrew the funds and then went to the other bank and deposited the funds saving at least $30.00 in wire transfer fees.

Since it was so easy to link [online] all of my accounts [even external bank accounts, credit cards, paypal, etc.] at the bank where I maintain my personal checking account, enabling online review of my "Net Worth" at any time-- I may have thought my financial data was more connected or linked than it really was.

In any case, today the tellers at both banks [I am lucky in that local branches for both my banks are within a quarter of a mile of each other] were very helpful in assisting with my transfer [and all of my questions] and it went well.

Here is what I had on today. Reminder, when I go out I like sharing photos of what I wore, to insure there are no mistaken identity issues.

When I returned I researched "How to transfer money between accounts at different banks" and found the following article. How to Transfer Money Between Accounts


Friday, April 22, 2016

Several Business Related Projects This Week

I worked a number of projects this week, starting with the creation of a new spreadsheet to help me track the Hanover, MD Businesses I list on a community page I maintain.

Background: My parents purchased property in Hanover, Maryland in the mid 80s [back then, mostly a small residential community just outside of Fort Meade]- which has since become a major commerce and residential area in the state. Primary reasons:

  • Arundel Mills Mall [opened 2000]
  • Maryland Live Casino [opened 2012]
  • Proximity of Fort Meade and the National Security Agency

I maintain the Facebook Business Community Page because I do know how much the area has grown, and though my own business has a Columbia, Maryland business address, I reside in Hanover and maintain a home office.

I enjoy maintaining this local business community page and my new spreadsheet helps me to track the businesses I have already listed since I tend to schedule the posts weeks in advance.

Another major project this week?

Extensive research into the use of the HTML5 video tag and running tests ensuring most platforms and browsers support the feature. To that end, I have installed several updates on systems including [make sure you check the system requirements, some of these updates require more memory than earlier versions]:

I have found a good reference insofar as browser support for the HTML5 Video tag that you may want to check out.

Another tool I use to check HTML5 browser support? Youtube's HTML5 browser checker.

One of the options the HTML5 Video Tag offers is the "Poster" option. This option defines the image the video player will load if the player is not running. Most browsers do not need the image defined-- in that the first frame of the video is displayed automatically if the player is not running.

One big exception to the automatic loading of the video's first frame? Browsers I maintain on my Android, which include Chrome and Firefox. So this week, I created a banner image that makes the white space less noticeable if the player is not running. I load the image if the userAgent is "Android".

I have to say, I am very pleased my old Windows XP Desktop can now run HTML5 Videos.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Easy Advertising Videos

Thinking about adding short videos to your blog posts to enhance your advertising optons or add more interest to your content?

The HTML5 <video ... > </video> tags make this easier than ever.

What you will need:

  • A camera that records video with at least 640x480 or 320x240 resolution in vivid color.
  • A camera tripod that extends to at least 50".
  • Video file conversion utility that exports MP4, WEBM and OGV; the 3 formats supported by the HTML5 video tag.
  • Optional: Video record utility for your tablet or PC.

Here is a short video I made with the camera tripod shown in the group of photos in the header graphics for this blog and my Canon PowerShot A590. [If I were really using this for advertising I would have re-shot the footage. Whip cream application is kind of messy. This just to give you an idea of how easy this is].

In my opinion, using a camera tripod to record video helps to make the results more professional in appearance. My Canon PowerShot A590 is not that lightweight [can topple a flimsy desktop camera tripod], however my lightweight aluminum tripod that extends to 59" easily supports the camera.

More info about my tripod:

Photos of my tripod extended...

I hate to admit this, but I just figured out what that little twirly thing on my tripod was for-- so I made this short video in case you need to know too.

Online, I love short interesting videos. I have worked with Java Applet Video features and Haxe code to create custom video players, however the HTML5 video tag used by today's browsers- is a more cost effective solution.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Recent Business Expenses.. March/April 2016

Within the last 21 days I have remitted payment for several business expenses including:

  • Skype Quarterly Payment for Business Number [443-393-6650]
  • Skype Annual Subscription Unlimited Calling U.S. & Canada
  • Domain Renewal qisoftware.com
  • Verizon Wireless Cell Phone [301-xxx-xxxx]

For legal reasons, ever so often- I remind the public, DOJ and the FBI that I do make these payments.

Skype receipts [business line]:

NetworkSolutions receipt [qisoftware.com domain renewal]:

Filed under legal notices. I seldom receive business calls. Abstract noise provides; some delete qisoftware.com domain log files and others answer telephone lines. FBI indicated there is a problem with interference with my business line. My telephone log files show the few calls I receive. Abstract noise provides the FBI thinks the router maybe redirecting the calls. Not sure what is true. I have repeatedly asked that since I do not receive my own calls, no one else should either.

Note the NetworkSolutions receipt shown above. Do you see the little Skype icon with the check mark in the upper left corner?


I use my Android night and day. Because Skype can wake my Android, I keep the device nearby at all times. The calls I do receive tend to be from overseas companies who wish to partner with me, i.e., QiSoftware outsource its business overseas. I get about one call every quarter. I decline these offers.


Monday, February 29, 2016

Amazon Home Services

Last Friday, for the first time- I noticed an Amazon Service Truck in my neighborhood.

A little research provided the answer for this. Amazon now offers Home Services for customer purchases. I am not sure how long they have offered these services, however I love this idea.

Some of the items I list in my stores are big ticket items and in most cases need to be put together or installed after delivery.

One of my Amazon purchases [not listed], an elliptical- took about 3-4 hours to put together and required two people to line up the rather heavy fly-wheel.

My mother and I, though handy with a screw-driver really would prefer someone else do it. This option [Amazon Home Services], given Amazon is one of our favorite online shopping destinations is perfect for us.


Monday, February 22, 2016

Just a Reminder....

Every three months, I pay the web hosting for qisoftware.com. This year, the domain registration will also be extended which is currently due to expire in June 2016. I have had the domain since June 2002.

Every now and a again, I like to remind everyone-- that I pay this bill, along with my Skype business phone line & subscription, Verizon cell phone, Maryland business registration, my business address [in Columbia, MD], domain registrations for not only qisoftware.com but also hosting-q.com as part of the myriad of business expenses I incur to be in business.

Several years back, The Department of Justice sent a letter to my business address in Columbia. I still have the correspondence. What does this mean? Not only does the State of Maryland recognize QiSoftware as the legal business entity I own, but the Department of Justice also knows who I am.

This, just a reminder....


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mom's birthday and various other tasks...

My Mother's Birthday was this week, so in addition to other projects- I also made a cake and helped her to celebrate.


I have also been out in the area taking photos for the Facebook Hanover, MD Businesses Page.


Some of the photos I took:


I have also done more online holiday shopping and made updates to my Amazon Stores:

Thanksgiving is a week away, and I have most of the groceries I will need to get started next week. Are you planning a new dish this year?


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

New Business Attire

I love black suits and I loved wearing black suits to the office. I still have quite a few of my suits, however they are mostly too tight and if I did need to make a business appearance, I would have little to choose from.

Like many business owners that work from home, I have picked up several bad habits including:

  • Not worrying about proper business attire.
  • Staying fit.
  • Overeating.
  • Working all hours of the day.

That said, earlier this year I did decide I needed to keep my hair "ready to go" and I apply a little makeup everyday [my hair looked too "done" to go without], no matter if I leave the house or not.

This routine may become obsolete if I get my treadmill repaired. I used to fast or play tennis to stay in shape. These days, I do not like the idea of fasting, so physical exercise is my only option. When I have a working treadmill I stay on morning, noon and night [about half an hour each session]-- so while in "lose mode" hair will have to wait.

While I am still debating what to do about my slightly larger size, I decided I needed more business attire options in case a situation did arise, wherein I needed an easy business look.

Believe it or not-- one basic element is going to work for me and I found it on Amazon, here.

I am very pleased with this purchase and plan to purchase one or two other colors in a slightly smaller size. I like the quality of the material and the way it feels and hangs. I can combine the skirts with things I already have to create several different looks for business or slightly more formal occasions.

I have to confess, I am someone that owns a lot of more expensive lined skirts that are dry cleaned. I was a little skeptical, however I have a shorter Spandex skirt without the Rayon [purchased from H&M several years ago] that I use when I need a slightly more formal look than jeans or sweats. It does not need dry cleaning. The problem, it is above the knee but very easy to wear and achieve different looks with. That is why I thought I would give this longer skirt with Rayon, and a slit a try. I am pleased.

Why would I worry about a "business look" when I can do most things from home? Just in case.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Mobile Wireless Must Haves

Recently, I discussed new technology I want to purchase.

Technology, especially in the areas of mobility and access- have changed quite a bit since I purchased my 13" Macbook and Acer Netbook in 2008 and 2010 respectively.

As noted in the earlier post, I hope to replace my 13" Macbook with the Mac Mini and the new lighter 12" Macbook.

The Mac Mini is a desktop, and powerful enough to handle most of my business and programming needs, however will allow me to "unplug" and secure easily.

The new 12" Macbook will be for "on the go" use. Because fewer ports ship with the new Macbook, I plan to use more external devices and adaptors to allow for easy data transfer. Including:

When I first got my Android Tablet, I noticed something called Portable WiFi Hotspots [sometimes called Software or Mobile Hotspots] amongst the "Settings" options. Initially, unsure how to use this feature I now understand I can connect tools like the HooToo Wireless Travel Router listed above, to provide support for USB hubs and charging.

The new 12" Macbook can also use this tool to allow connection to a USB hub or as a charger. See this article on How to turn your Mac into a Wi-Fi Hotspot.

Of course, you can also purchase the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter to power up or stay fully charged while also connecting to USB devices. I think I will need both.

I have done a lot of research as related to business tools I would like to own and think I have found many of the tools I will need to get the things done I need to get done-- plus more.

I also maintain a list of new technology and computing tools I am interested in owning at this Amazon Store.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Business Technology I Want...

While I wait for a resolution to some of the many issues I face, I keep myself busy with a myriad of mostly non-business related tasks. That said, on occasion I do research issues related to business. My latest research has provided solutions for future acquisitions related to technology and computing, I think will solve my current security and innovation issues.

Some of you may be aware, in Feb. 2015 I purchased my first tablet. Though I have found many uses for this device, I actually do very little productive business work with the tablet. Uses include:

  • Bill paying.
  • Statistical checks, i.e., Adsense, Web Site Analytics, Bank Accounts
  • Sports, specifically professional tennis matches. My tablet's resolution is 1920x1200 so the video is great, a big factor in my choice given I planned to watch a lot of tennis matches. The iPad is one of the few tablet like devices that has more in the way of display resolution. I used to watch via my netbook. The resolution was not that good. Did I explain, this was the reason I wanted a tablet, after noting how well my mother's worked with streaming video?
  • Maintenance of my Amazon Stores [this is in part more of a business task, but one of the few I can do from my tablet].
  • Games
  • Membership maintenance and posting to Facebook groups and pages. Artwork for pages/groups is done on other, more robust platforms.

So what do I think I will need in the future, for business productivity as related to computing and technology?

  • Mac Mini-- I can unplug it and take it with me.
  • Huge Thunderbolt Display Monitor like this Samsung offering which is also compatible with the high resolution [Thunderbolt] output of the Mac Mini.
  • Portable display monitor but not for travel, only in case I want to work outside with the Mac Mini or some other area of the house.
  • The new 12" Macbook, in gold? A full Macbook, but smaller so that I can "fix" or login from anywhere. The Mac Mini and this smaller 12" Macbook would replace my current 13.3" Macbook which is very heavy and 7.5 years old. The new 12" Macbook is only 2 lbs.
  • Smallest Windows notebook I can find-- my netbook is still useful, however uses Windows XP. I need to upgrade to insure my programs are compatible with the latest Windows releases.
  • Microsoft Office Suite [currently own the Professional Suite for Windows] for both Windows and Mac operating systems.
  • Adobe Illustrator

What are you using for business? Check out some of my other business computing finds-- here and here.


Monday, August 03, 2015

I have a Columbia business address, but I work from home...

Last Thursday, I went by the bank so while out- I snapped several photos for a project I have been thinking about.

Awhile back [2010], I started a Facebook Page for Hanover, MD Businesses [sort of an unofficial Chamber of Commerce]. I really did not do much with the page over the years and just recently, thought I would start updating again.

Background: Arundel Mills the mega outlet mall opened November 2000 and since then many new businesses or franchises have opened.

In June 2012, the Maryland Live Casino opened.

The area [also where I reside, i.e., Hanover, MD], has experienced exponential growth, so in 2010 when I started the Facebook Page, I thought I would ask local businesses to "Like" the page and post their events or sites. Of course, there exists an official Chamber of Commerce [for a larger area], however I thought Hanover MD [with the many new businesses to the area] could justify an unofficial Facebook Page. That said, I simply did not do anything else with the page. Then a couple of weeks ago, a local business "Liked" the page.. I and I thought.. "goody" something new to work on....

I snapped more photos on Friday and incorporated them into the cover illustration I have been working on. Here is how the page looks as of this morning.


Okay, so what else have I been up to?

  • Sent off for a Press Pass [in case I need one-- someday].
  • Watched a myriad of Tennis Tournaments including the ATP Atlanta and Hamburg Opens.
  • Watched: STARZ's Power Series and HBO's True Detective.
  • Updating my Amazon Stores. Have you noticed the trend in retro dresses? I really like this style. I am also going to start watching my diet.

I thought this arena looked so inviting:


The Citi Tennis Open [Washington] and Bank of the West Open [Stanford, CA] begin today, so later I will be catching live action on WatchESPN and the Tennis Channel.

Are you from the area? Are you going to the Citi Tennis Open?


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I'm in the clear, now...

For over a year, I have been using a commercial grade font that I really like. I failed to read the license properly and thought I could use the "personal use" version anywhere I wanted as long as the work in question, belonged to me or was for my personal use, i.e., I was not selling the work. This was a silly error on my part-- in that I often use the font in images I use on this blog, and this site is considered commercial in nature. [wish I had read the license].

There were two reasons I began researching purchase options for the font:

  • Recently, I modified the QiSoftware Remix Blog Template and incorporated the font in some of the new images. Before then, I had not used the font on that blog. Really silly part [my assumption]-- "It's Personal" is not a part of my commercial site. I also used the font on my Tumblr Blog, however my read of the license, indicated that was okay.
  • The free "personal use" version that I obtained awhile back, did not have the full character set.

The other day, I searched Amazon but could not find what I wanted. So today, I searched other offerings and that is when I checked the license for the version I have and found my error.


Happy to report, today I did obtain a fully licensed version of the entire character set for the font.

News? Always. Even some related to the acquisition I describe in this entry. One of my big complaints over the years-- others have broken laws that have hurt me and my ability to conduct business. Me, today I found out someone could have sued me for copyright infringement [because I failed to read the license for the "personal use" version of the font]. Needless to say, I am reading everything from now on. The rest of the news? Nothing I am going to report.


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Upcoming birthday, tennis, etc.

The Wimbledon Ladies Singles Final will start in 15 minutes, so I will be quick.

Earlier in the week, I found a case I wanted for my Birthday [July 20th], and my Mother agreed to give it to me. It arrived yesterday.

I am so pleased that most of my notebook computers, drives and discs fit. It's big, however I needed the space.

Other things:

  • Movie: The Manchurian Candidate w/Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep
  • Movie: Miami Vice w/Colin Farrell, Jamie Fox
  • Trimming the bushes.

Always more news. Nothing I am going to report.


Friday, February 13, 2015

OfficeSuite 8 Pro

Since I have been using Microsoft Office for years, I try to stay compatible with this productivity suite as related to software I install on all of my computers. My latest acquisition, the tablet- is no different.

After research, I downloaded the OfficeSuite 8 App to test drive. I was not disappointed, however could not do much, in that- it is the limited free version.

OfficeSuite 8 Pro [Apple App Store/Google Play] is the non-limited version and provided more of the power I need, which also enables me to stay compatible with my other Microsoft Office Suite installations.

I must admit, I do find it easier to create templates and documents using the full Microsoft Office Professional Suite installations rather than on my tablet. That said, what's great about my new tablet software [OfficeSuite 8 Pro]? It is easy to port Microsoft Office documents and templates to the tablet-- in case I need to do something on the fly and pulling out the tablet the easiest thing to do.

QiSoftware Business Letter Template:


Professional Tennis Stats Spreadsheet:


Most of the Microsoft Office customization features are converted upon import to OfficeSuite 8 Pro file formats.

Some of Sample Templates that came with OfficeSuite 8 Pro:



I have also been doing a lot of research on printing from my new tablet and will post about that later.




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