Sunday, March 2, 2014
I think many bloggers have fantasies of their blog going viral, making lots of money and enabling them to quit their mind numbing day job. Although I share the fantasy, I continue to be crippled by reality - the greatest being that income from blogging probably won't allow me to quit my day job. While the potential for income is alluring, it was not my primary motivation for blogging. My motivation was and continues to be quite simple - I want a forum to run my mouth; a forum where I am accountable to myself and can express myself as I choose. This includes choice of topic and expressing unpopular perspectives at times. In this post, I am identifying some choices and illustrations of where this goal runs counter to a profit motive.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Ok, I confess, I probably haven't been as diligent as I should have been when it comes to calculating qualified education expenses.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
I have grown accustomed to using Microsoft Office Picture Manager as part of the Office Suite at both work and at home. I find it's simplicity the most compelling reason as this application provides a quick and easy way to shrink the size of photos for this blog.
I was disappointed to see this application removed from Office 2013... also there may be circumstances such as testing out a new SSD drive in which you don't want to install a full copy of Office. There is a simple solution to this dilemma... install SharePoint Designer 2007 (available free) and Microsoft Office Picture Manager will come along for the ride! Here are the easy steps:
1. Download SharePoint 2007 Designer. (This will be a large .exe file) Currently this is at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=21581.
2. Run the exe file. When you get to the "Install Now or Customize" screen, click the "Customize" button unless you want to install the SharePoint Designer program. I will remark that SharePoint Designer 2007 is also an awesome program and is worthwhile if you want to dabble with web design and HTML. If you don't want to install SharePoint Designer, click the drop down and select "Not Available" for "Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer".
3. Simply continue with the install.
Viola - Microsoft Picture Manager is now installed on your computer!
I just did a quick install using this strategy to install Picture Manager on my testing of my new Solid State Drive install, then set Picture Manager to be my default for all .jpg. Then I opened a batch of new pictures, selected them all and compressed them all for the web so they are ready for posting to my blog. Quick and easy!
Saturday, February 8, 2014
I've become the de facto tax preparer for the household and this year for the reason expressed in this post, I had the opportunity to sample 3 different online electronic tax services. I will note upfront that this post is not an "apples to apples" clinical study. Specifically, I did not enter the same return into all 3 systems.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
As part of my winter in New York ritual, I select meatier books to read during the extreme cold. In past years, I was able to work through some long Michener novels; this year, I am working through David McCullough’s “John Adams”. Prior to this I had done some reading on Jefferson individually (I believe it was, “Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History” by Fawn M Brodie) as well as collectively in Joseph Ellis’ “Founding Brothers”. When considering John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, I find a striking resemblance to the relationship and personalities of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.