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A Measure of Success

As I become successful or maybe just prolific in writing posts in my various blogs, the action attracts the attention of a small group of self-proclaimed “experts” who desperately want to “help” me become more successful. It is the exemplification of the adage, “Nothing breeds success like success itself.” I think the original form was, “Nothing succeeds like success. There are many variations with the same message.

My point is, this attention lets me know that I must be doing something right. Somehow, they managed to “find” me. These folks don’t rally around a looser, as their main intention is to associate themselves with […] Continue reading » A Measure of Success

Phony Marketing

The sad part of all my residential phone line hassle is that I have almost no personal need to use it. It has become entirely a direct marketing communication resource for solicitors to harass people (me) to purchase things not needed or wanted. A cell phone now fulfills my meager personal communication needs.

There will never be a viable phone industry “no solicitors” list on residential phone calls because there is no outside way to enforce it. Cell phones were once a sacred “no solicitation” refuge but that has been broken too. Personal attention to Caller ID is the only viable remedy.

I had an unlisted […] Continue reading » Phony Marketing

Register Addiction

I am not sure what else to call it, an RA (Registration Addict). There are some people inhabiting the internet who have a compulsion to fill in a registration form where and whenever they can find one. I am sure there are many reason for this activity. No simple excuse.

For some it may be a test to see if it will lead them to additional web access to explore and perhaps abuse.

Some do it because they think it increases their “exposure” in the ranking search engines, especially in blogs like this where they have a way to include their own URL’s or devious email addresses.

For kiddie hackers, […] Continue reading » Register Addiction

Taxes Filed

There is nothing I dread more than filing my taxes, so the feeling of getting them over and done is a wonderful sense of relief. It doesn’t matter if I owe or can claim a refund. It’s the concern if I have collected and safely preserved the mountain of paper “evidence” randomly sent to me in the mail for the previous three months. The complexity of the process, if your working-for-a-living  life is anything but “plain vanilla”, is a sure indication it is a process created by a government bureaucracy.

I’ll put the rant aside. It just feels so good to pass the exam and move on to better things. […] Continue reading » Taxes Filed

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