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Going Green

My employer Schneider Electric has picked a new location for our Dallas, Texas area office. Actually we are now in Carrollton, TX but are slated to move to a new facility in Coppell, TX which is the next town west of our present location.

The lease is up where we are and Schneider wants to “walk the talk” in a much “greener” building than we presently live. So they are starting from the ground up. They are not painting it green. Green is a term for low energy use and sustainable design. Also in the vernacular is the term “Low Carbon Footprint”. That’s a core of our business […] Continue reading » Going Green

Life is Good

Update

First a little computer update. If I believed in a jinx I wouldn’t post this but since I don’t…

All my electronics seem to be running fine AND the storms have gone away (for awhile). All is peaceful in the Kautz communications center here in Texas.

My Linux box is running perfectly with its’ new Fedora 17 OS. I am enjoying re-discovering how well I can do most daily work with just a free Linux operating system. The real usefulness of any computer is the programs it can run. Linux is no slouch and I notice old favorites like Firefox (browser) and Gimp (Photo & graphic editor) are more […] Continue reading » Life is Good

Getting Down to Business

After I got all my tax work done, I was feeling so good that I tackled getting my The Hobbyist Machine Store (THMS) bookkeeping in first class condition. I worked on that second most favorite thing to do (next to doing the taxes) until bedtime last night. I got it finished.

I had the end of year (2011) balanced, closed and reports printed as needed for taxes, but I had let the first quarter of 2012 slide by without doing serious month end work. I can get by with that since my little business is a sole proprietor with no employees. The bookkeeping is accrual but THMS pretty much runs […] Continue reading » Getting Down to Business

Hot News – Making a Difference

The very hot weather here in North Texas has kept me in the air conditioning for the last few weeks. Temperatures have been hovering at the 100 degree and above range. Actual real world temperature, where people work and live are much higher by sometimes 10 degrees than what is reported officially out in the middle of DFW airport. The weather reports “no new records” so the official temperatures (105 F) are typical for Texas this time of the year (the hottest!)

The Air Conditioning at my home is running and the meter keeps slowly ticking over. Thankfully, I have replaced all my mechanical heat pump systems with the highest […] Continue reading » Hot News – Making a Difference

A Travel Dialogue

This could have happened while flying to Dallas….

“Hi, I’m Dan Kautz”

“Hi Dan, My name is Dr, Ben Dover. “

“Naw… really? Wow! Are you an MD?” <Don’t go there Dan…>

“No, PhD… I manage the operation of all the universities in Rhode Island.”

“Wow, that great. I am a Construction Services manager for Schneider Electric.”

“Who is Schneider Electric? Sounds like a German construction company. You make electricity or build power plants or something?”

“No, French owned. I work in the Buildings Business division”

Oh, I see… you build, buy and sell buildings… I don’t like the French owning our buildings”

“No, we are […] Continue reading » A Travel Dialogue