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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?


Sunday, February 03, 2019

Super Bowl Sunday Snack Idea: Chicken Fajitas

Are you having friends over for the game? Are you looking for another snack idea?

Thursday, I stopped by the local market and picked up Old El Paso Soft Taco Shells. I wanted to make one of my all time favorite "diet" entrées, Chicken Fajitas. Weight Watchers used to offer a similar frozen entrée that I liked taking to the office.

These fajitas were so good, I wanted to post about this lower calorie, lower fat idea in case you needed something similar.

P.S. Tabasco Sauce works well with this dish, however your favorite hot sauce will work just as well (without adding extra calories).


Monday, January 28, 2019

My Personal Site, A Work in Progress

I maintain my resume (résumé) as a Microsoft Word document. In February 2018, I decided to post an online copy of my resume to my personal domain (reginadenisethomas.com).

After converting the Word document to an html file, there were a number of updates made before posting the online version of the resume.

Over the weekend, I decided, rather than maintaining my personal site as autonomous html files (including the resume), I would use the content management platform, Thingamablog, used for two of my blogs, this one and Remix. It's Personal, this blog, is maintained on a Windows XP netbook and Remix, the business blog, is maintained on a Macbook.

The illustration below, shows the additional site/weblog added to the Thingamablog installation on the Windows XP platform.

For more information about Thingamablog visit these pages:

The template for the new site is a work in progress.

The template was adapted from the one I use with most of the site areas on qisoftware.com and hosting-q.com.


Thursday, January 24, 2019

January 2019

I have been working a number of projects, illustrated in the diagram below.


  • Several license/registration related renewals this year, including MVA.
  • Gathering tax related documents and starting my TurboTax process.
  • Finance moves, hoping to get the best returns on my meager savings. Switched funds in a recently matured CD, to a CD with higher interest rates. Went from 1.75% to 2.85%. Happy with the timing on all of that.
  • Last but not least, preparing (setting up development environments on my MacBook and WindowsXP systems) for more efforts using the c++ programing language.

Lately, I have spent a lot of time on software efforts. Several problems with API resources that have me searching for workarounds. You may have noticed issues with WiredPages.

To a lesser degree; efforts with taxes, finance and state renewals-- nevertheless important projects that I need to get out of the way. Simply a matter of gathering paperwork and submitting requests.

Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration- in keeping with Federal law, now requiring new procedures for renewals. Happy to report, this seems like an easy adjustment to my plans and moving along.

Several in my family are affected by the Federal Government's partial shutdown so things are a bit low key. I am self employed. I have been working late hours and hoping things work out.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Snow Day

It started snowing yesterday evening around six, and has continued throughout the morning.

I am working an OAuth issue with an API service, (the WiredPages WeatherTool is unavailable at this time), so I had no plans to venture out.

The new year brought any number of issues, I was not expecting. That said, pretty pleased I think I have found solutions for most of the problems.


Thursday, January 03, 2019

My World, Busy Lately

I have been working several projects including updating my sites for the new year. This mostly involves updating the copyright year, i.e., 2002-2019 for site pages that provide the data.

I have also been playing around with a new audio resource. I am pleased with how this worked out. The video does not provide the actual robust audio quality, however you may get a sense of how well this works.

The video provides demonstration of Alexa Echo Dot, Apple iPod Mini and Youtube video via my Android as sample input audio to the 100 Watt per Channel speaker set. Keep in mind, I am still not expert in video production.

Other projects?

This year, I spent a lot of time planning for the holidays. I am kind of happy now, to only have business issues to worry about.




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