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Privacy and Marketing – A Blanket Statement

Targeted Marketing

An “RD rant” about the ever-present and overwhelming amount of targeted marketing on electronic entertainment media such as cable TV, and SPAM email sent to me on my computer.

I would disconnect my cable TV if it were not for my spouse who somehow can tolerate the constant barrage of all the things that must be purchased to improve our lives.

I am sooo tempted to change my email address and “go dark” except for my closest and most trusted friends. All two of them… Ha!

I realize marketing is a necessary evil in a consumer driven Capitalist society.

70 years ago, the popular media was […] Continue reading » Privacy and Marketing – A Blanket Statement

The Science of Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting requires a knowledge of the why and how of proper behavior or operation. I don’t troubleshoot human problems as their how and why is very complex. I do enjoy troubleshooting things mechanical because machines don’t involve emotion in their operation. At least not yet.

Controls have been my specialty for most of my life. The last part of my working career was managing construction projects involving building (the structural kind) energy management systems and making sure they operated as intended. It required intimate knowledge of the why and how mechanical systems operate.

The ability for humans to operate complex systems (operators) and the ability to troubleshoot complex systems […] Continue reading » The Science of Troubleshooting

Spelling and Saving

I generally use MS Word to compose blogs and other documents. That’s because I have it.

I also have MS WordPad which is free and a part of then WIN10 OS package. The problem for my general use of WordPad is that it does not include a spellchecker. I only use WordPad to read programming or system text files that contain simple formatting. Because text files for programming contain many unusual words and abbreviations, a spell checker can be very annoying. WordPad is perfect for that use.

A spell checker makes me feel secure as I am not publishing simple spelling errors. That’s a crutch, I know. I don’t […] Continue reading » Spelling and Saving

Time to Relax

It sure is a good feeling when problems with my Internet Service Provider (the one that hosts my web sites) have stopped being my number one concern.

I realized the move from one provider to another was necessary. Ixwebhosting, my former host had fallen far behind the curve with support-software updates. My sites were operating well but were threatened to get stuck in old release versions because the support-software required was not going to be available.

My websites were running fine, but there is a process common with all forms of software, of constant upgrades (all free) that keep plugging security holes while providing slight improvements in operational features. […] Continue reading » Time to Relax

Sign of the Times

I had to spend some of my hard-earned retirement funds on a new doorbell button. It’s a bit more than a button. It is the “Ring” video monitor doorbell button.

Halloween is here, and it will be fun capturing the visitors, but that is not the reason I made the investment. We are in an age of front door delivery. A lot of services leave packages at the door. Some ring the bell and some just drop and run. A few will knock. There is no consistency, not even with the same carrier.

Amazon and UPS are the better, as I usually get an almost instant text […] Continue reading » Sign of the Times