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Qualified Person

Edgar Allan Poe

In the construction trades and probably everywhere people perform tangible physical work, there is a term used when safety is being defined. It is the “Qualified Person”. There is no one definition of the term as it is used in a very broad sense. OSHA defines it as:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) CFR Regulation 1910 defines a “qualified person” as “one with a recognized degree or professional certificate and extensive knowledge and experience in the subject field who is capable of design, analysis, evaluation, and specifications in the subject work, project, or product.” OSHA CFR Regulation 1926 defines […] Continue reading » Qualified Person

Something Else Microsoft Doesn’t Tell You

I bought a subscription to MS Office 365. I had a perfectly good earlier version that was not a subscription. The MS Propaganda said (I’ll have to paraphrase) that if you don’t renew the subscription, the Office programs will continue to function but support and updates will terminate.

OK, I can buy that.

I am retired, so to save $100+ I let the Office 365 expire. I lost my “OneDrive” cloud storage which I expected. The Office programs (primarily MS Word and Excel) continued to function as promised.

Later a harassing warning POP-UP appears on every system cold boot start-up, telling me Office can’t log into OneDrive and to enter […] Continue reading » Something Else Microsoft Doesn’t Tell You

AWS Experience

I built a fully operational blogging website in the Amazon Web Service “cloud”. I had no operational need to do so. The web site was without a purpose. It was “Just another blog” with no basis for publishing anything important.

I did write and publish a few random articles like I do here. The sole purpose for establishing the website was for the experience of working with a fully functional “cloud” based server. I succeeded.

I shut down the website a few days ago. The monthly cost for that cloud website was in the $20 a month range. That is very low cost for a commercial website, but far too […] Continue reading » AWS Experience

The Surrender of Electronic Privacy

I now have six operational computers in regular use. Three of them for CNC machine control and one of them is a netbook (small laptop). Four of them run a Linux operating system. That will change to five in the near future. All my workshop computers will be Linux as I sort out and learn all the details of LinuxCNC for machine control.

I am currently building a network for the workshop computers. When that is operational, I will convert the third shop computer to LinuxCNC.

So far, I trust the Linux OS to not spy on my activities and report what I do to the […] Continue reading » The Surrender of Electronic Privacy

Grandfather Time

I bought myself a Stuhrling pocket watch for my birthday. Actually my wife supplied the funding, but I placed the order. Its production lineage is a bit obfuscated by marketing double talk. The best I can determined, it is a Swiss design, made under Swiss supervision, in a Swiss owned watch factory, in Hong Kong, China.

The last part (China) explains how such a nice looking watch can be offered in the $60 price range in the real world. I have seem some BS pricing on this exact model in the $400 – $500 range. I bet they never sold one at that price.

China is now making virtually all […] Continue reading » Grandfather Time