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What I Am…

Where I spent my “allowance” in the 1950’s.

Read a comment made by an old (youngish 66 year old) dude about his involvement with 3D printing. He said he is a retired engineer. The reason he loved 3D printing wasn’t from what he made. It was the complexity and constant challenge to learn and understand the technical process. The CAD; the item design; the CNC; the process; the hardware; the mental stimulation. It had to be complex and difficult or he wouldn’t be interested.

I realized I was reading my own mind. It isn’t about what I make at all. It is […] Continue reading » What I Am…

Carlson Aircraft Website

Picked up an old webmaster job for a website I originally created and managed for a few years. http://carlsonaircraft.com. The business, Carlson Aircraft Inc. was created by Ernie and Mary Carlson. I eventually transferred website management to a new owner, Jeff Earnest (Mary’s son) and hadn’t touched it for years.

It’s not a secure SSL (https://) URL and it DOES NOT collect or send personal or private information. It doesn’t NEED to be secure. Present day web browsers like to complain and warn about non-SSL websites, but there is nothing to fear. It is what is called a “display” […] Continue reading » Carlson Aircraft Website

Urban Drone Delivery Systems?

I am certain that widespread urban and suburban “Drone Package Delivery” is a system that will never be implemented. It is an urban legend/myth that is perpetuated only for its publicity factor.

Technically, it is possible. So is the flying car. They are both in the same category. Technically possible, feasibly impossible.

Imagine a kid running out the front door, smacking into a drone hovering a few feet off the ground with sharp knife blades at eye level spinning at 20,000 RPM. (The propeller lift system)

It is also (at present) a one package per trip system. Drone size is dictated and limited by fixed and […] Continue reading » Urban Drone Delivery Systems?

Abusive User Reports

There are a lot of trolls and grinches is the world of consumer user reports. Also, some ignorant users who have no qualms about revealing their ignorance because they have no clue how ignorant they are. The concept of finesse in using a product or tool escapes them. Their world is “plug and play”. Problems or failure is never their own. Blame always belongs to the product or maker. They enjoy a sense of “empowerment” to cast a minority negative vote on a generally good product.

In some cases, negative user reports are attempted user blackmail against the seller. “Do what I […] Continue reading » Abusive User Reports

POBOX Has Gone Berserk

I have been using an email service called pobox.com for four years. It is a purchased service that I began to use to provide a “collection point” for the dozens of email accounts I use with my many websites. It also provided a great email filtering service.

I use a process where I direct all my accounts to their one email address that I use to send (SMTP) and read all the mail from all the accounts at one location.

They use various commercial filtering services which I have noticed add a HUGE amount of header information to all emails. There is a whole […] Continue reading » POBOX Has Gone Berserk