Men on the Bus, vol. 1


For everyone that missed this, here is a special treat. The writing on this post is fantastic. I was going to re-blog this when I first read it, but I figured I would let rest for a few days. Some of you may have seen this already, but I’m sure many of you are ready for a truly good read.

How Do You Live?

The question today is of no importance to many people, in fact most don’t even wonder, as they live just fine. Most have jobs they either enjoy, or al least put up with until a better opportunity presents itself. Most of you live in decent housing, with all of the amenities required for getting along on a day-to-day basis.

Many have a decent vehicle, maybe not new, but not so old it would be considered obsolete. In the movie Armageddon, it was pointed out, the Russian Space Station was 11 years old, and most of you have cars not even half that age.

Are you living in an area you desire, or are you somewhere, only due to circumstance? I know some of you grew up in the town you are at, and it’s inconvenient to move away from friends and family. Everything you are is because of where you are. Why change a good thing?

Have you ever wondered about how others are living? I don’t mean your Facebook friends, I mean people you have never considered thinking about. Which people do I mean? Everyone in your neighborhood lives pretty much as you, nice house, decent car, okay jobs, enough food, hot and cold running water, electricity, cable, internet, and a basic acceptance of the rest of the neighborhood.

Suppose things changed? The company you work for decided to outsource the work you have been doing, and in fact they have decided to downsize big time. Everyone you knew at work no longer employed, and in point of fact, the job you did was suddenly as obsolete as an abacus.

Suppose you no longer could afford the car, the power company payments, the internet, or cable, water, sewer, garbage, or the mortgage? How would you get along then? No longer able to use your phone, as $100 a month is just too much all of a sudden.

A “catch 22 ” jumps into the equation, as you cannot even get a job without an address, or phone! I know, because I have been there. Those homeless people you’ve heard about, are in that position. No phone, or car, no home or job. No assistance because they’ve lost the things most consider, trivial things.

A person cannot apply for the basic support items, as they no longer have an address. I know you’re thinking those people can get help from a local shelter, but those shelters have rules too. The rules are different from place to place, but all to often, the homeless, or helpless folks aren’t able to apply for help, due to the rules.

The people who are in that position also have their baggage. Yes they’re homeless for whatever reason, and contrary to popular belief, it was not simply a choice! They aren’t in these circumstances because one day they decided to quit paying the bills, or decided they wanted a change.

Most of these people are in that situation due to circumstances they really had very little control over. A fire destroyed the house, and insurance was too expensive, because all of those wages went into feeding children, and living expenses, we all take for granted.

Look at your own bills. Could you have what you have, if you only made minimum wages? How would you live? You would knock some of the frivolous expenses out of the picture, so you may continue to manage. Which bills would you forgo, to ease your burden? Phone? Insurance? Food? Cable? Water, power, sewer, garbage? Vacation? Recreational activities? Your toys?

What toys am I talking about? Snow mobile, Atv, Jet Ski, Motorcycle, Bicycles standing in the garage, Downhill Ski gear, Sporting equipment, Boat, Surfboards, Exercise equipment, Electronics? I can keep listing excesses, many here in this country have. If you sold all of that would you be able to save your home, for long enough to be able to get back on your feet?

So, I have a challenge for you. Tell me what you would do, what you would go without, how you would change crappy circumstance, to make your living conditions better. Will you do that, and tell me How You Would Live?

Here is something to brighten up this subject….

Tracy Chapman – Give Me One Reason (39th Grammy Awards, 1997)

Blue Screen Of Death

I once had a problem ( sounds like an old Beatles song ) and had to fix my old pc, the hard way. It took me two weeks of looking up information and calling various computer geeks and manufacturers. None of these folks would help me unless I was willing to shell out a pile of bucks.



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To find out what’s causing the blue screen / programming conflict, you’ll have to : Turn off the computer.
Press the start button and immediately press the F8 key ( several times ) until you get one of the ADVANCED BOOT MENU screens.
Follow all prompts to get to Safe-Mode.

In Safe-Mode open all of the programs you normally use, including all of the programs in your start-up folder. ( Some programs will not open in Safe-Mode ) If the problem that caused the blue screen hasn’t showed up, you can figure the default settings for the operating system are all fine.

Safe-Mode doesn’t run all of the programs on your system, ( only enough to run Windows ) so if the problem isn’t found in Safe-Mode, you’ll have to go through all of the programs on your system.

In Safe-Mode you can check out what is in your computer in the way of programs and the processes involved with them.

Safe-Mode does not let you connect to the Internet, so I had no idea the problem I was having was with a conflict between the wireless devices. I kept trying to start my computer in different modes and removing unwanted programs and apps.

Had I really recognized what was happening when I tried to start the system, I could have saved myself tons of messing around. The trick is to turn on the system and watch the computer come to life. As each start-up program comes to life, an icon in the tray displays that it is ready and then the next one comes up. ( There may be as many as 50 or 60 processes trying to start ) I saw the Netgear program try to start, and then the blue screen, but it was one of the last programs to load up. I should have watched the start-up closely from the beginning and paid attention to what was trying to load up.

Once the conflict has been eliminated your system should act just fine again. If you’ve removed programs and decided they weren’t the problem after all, try to re-install them, but make a log on what changes you are making. That will help if the blue screen comes back! Keeping a log of the changes you make to your system and the reasons for it, can make a real difference as to how your system operates. Just as you’re always told to back up your work, meaning make back ups, you should create a log of all changes to your computer, and refer to it when something doesn’t work the way is should.

Rusty Garner-Smith


The ideal length
The ideal length of a tweet is 100 characters
The ideal length of a Facebook post is less than 40 characters
40-character posts received 86 percent higher engagement than others.
It was found significant advantages to ” question posts ” between 100 to 119 characters.
The ideal length of a Google+ headline is less than 60 characters
In the last update, Google changed the layout of posts so that you only see three lines of the original post before you see “Read more” link. In other words, your first sentence has to be a gripping teaser to get people to click “Read More.”
The ideal length of a headline is 6 words. We tend to absorb only the first three words and the last three words of a headline.
The ideal length of a blog post is 7 minutes, 1,600 words
(A photo-heavy post could bring the average down closer to 1,000. Medium’s seven-minute story on ideal post length was filled with images and graphs and contained 980 words.)
What it means is that it’s worth writing however much you really need. Don’t feel constrained by presumed short attention spans. If you put in the effort, so will your audience.
The ideal width of a paragraph is 40-55 characters. ( that’s the length of my previous statement) Content width can give the appearance of simplicity or complexity.
Content width is key to maximizing reader comprehension. The ideal paragraph length, in this sense, would appear simple to the reader and allow for easy reading.
The problem is, to ensure maximum comprehension and the appearance of simplicity, the perfect line length ranges between 40 and 55 characters per line, or in other words, a content column that varies between 250-350 pixels wide (it depends on font size and choice).
Forty and 55 characters per line means about 8 to 11 words.
The ideal length of an email subject line is 28-39 characters. The general rule of thumb in email marketing is to keep your subject line to 50 characters or less. The exception was for highly targeted audiences, where the reader apparently appreciated the additional information in the subject line.

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Open Rates

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Top Open Rates




The ideal length of a presentation is 18 minutes. The science behind this 18-minute mark comes from studies of attention spans. Scientists seem to agree on a range of 10 to 18 minutes for how long most people can pay attention before they check out.
It [18 minutes] is the length of a coffee break. So, you watch a great talk, and forward the link to two or three people. It can go viral, very easily. The 18-minute length also works much like the way Twitter forces people to be disciplined in what they write. By forcing speakers who are used to going on for 45 minutes to bring it down to 18 minutes, you get them to really think about what they want to say. … It has a clarifying effect. It brings discipline.
The ideal length of a title tag is 55 characters
Title tags are the bits of text that define your page on a search results page. Brick-and-mortar stores have business names; your web page has a title tag.


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Tag Length


Recent changes to the design of Google’s results pages mean that the maximum length for titles is around 60 characters. If your title exceeds 60 characters, it will get truncated with an ellipse. The design change can be seen below where a formerly ideal title has now been truncated.


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Title Length with Keywords

The ideal length of a domain name is 8 characters.
It is short
It is easy to remember
It is easy to spell
It is descriptive or brandable
It does not contain hyphens and numbers
It has a .com extension
An Alexa report that looked at the domains for the top 250 websites. The results: Over 70 percent of the sites had domain names of 8 characters or less, and the average number of characters per domain was just over 7.
This information by Kevan Lee









HTML Tutorial 3 – Adding Images & Backgrounds To Your HTML Website

Some people understand how to do tasks better if it is in a visual format. My experience is, I understand and remember more if I read and then rewrite it. Since I did manage to figure out how to put video on the site, I will bring more video to you.

This is a short video showing in pictures  how to add imagery to your site, through the HTML code, that makes your site look the way it does.

I hope this is helpful, and you should expect more of these articles on this site.

How to remove “CoolSaleCoupon” (Virus Removal Guide)

Hey I’m back and now the long awaited sequel to the adware and virus story you read so much about.  I’m sorry these last posts were so wordy.
This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove “CoolSaleCoupon” virus from your computer, and any other adware program that may have been installed during the setup process.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.
STEP 1: Uninstall CoolSaleCoupon program from your computer
STEP 2: Remove “Ads by CoolSaleCoupon” virus from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome
STEP 3: Remove CoolSaleCoupon adware from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome with AdwCleaner
STEP 4: Remove “Ads by CoolSaleCoupon” virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 5: Double-check for the “CoolSaleCoupon” malware with HitmanPro

STEP 1 : Uninstall CoolSaleCoupon program from your computer

In this first step, we will try to identify and remove any malicious program that might be installed on your computer.

To uninstall the CoolSaleCoupon program from Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, click the “Start” button, then click on the “Control Panel” menu option.
[Image: Control Panel in Windows Start Menu]
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel” .Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control Panel from there.
[Image: Type Control Panel in Windows 8 search box]
When the “Control Panel” window opens click on the “Uninstall a program” option under “Programs” category. This option is shown by the arrow in the image below. If you are using the “Classic View” of the Control Panel, then you would double-click on the “Programs and Features” icon instead.
[Image: Uninstall a program]
When the “Programs and Features” or the “Uninstall a Program” screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall CoolSaleCoupon, Discount Cow, V-bates, PriceMeter, Supra Savings, weDownload Manager, PureLead, Search Assist, Re-Markable, Zombie Alert, Wajam, Coupon Server, Lollipop, HD-Total-Plus, BlockAndSurf, Safe Saver, SupTab, Search Protect, Lollipop, Software Updated Version, DP1815, Video Player, Convert Files for Free, Plus-HD 1.3, BetterSurf, Trusted Web, PassShow, LyricsBuddy-1, PureLeads, Media Player 1.1, RRSavings, Feven Pro 1.2, Websteroids, Savings Bull, TidyNetwork, Search Snacks, MyPC Backup, Re-markit and any other recently installed unknown program from your computer.
To view the most recently installed programs, you can click on the “Installed On” column to sort your program by the installation date. Scroll though the list, and uninstall any unwanted or unknown programs.
[Image: Uninstall CoolSaleCoupon from Windows]
Depending on what program has installed the CoolSaleCoupon adware infection, the above program may have a different name or not be installed on your computer. If you cannot find any unwanted or unknown programs on your machine, then you can proceed with the next step.
If you are having issues while trying to uninstall the CoolSaleCoupon program, you can use Revo Uninstaller to completely remove this unwanted program from your machine.

STEP 2: Remove “CoolSaleCoupon” Ads from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome

Remove “Ads by CoolSaleCoupon” virus from Internet Explorer
You can reset Internet Explorer settings to return them to the state they were in when Internet Explorer was first installed on your PC.

Open Internet Explorer, click on the “gear icon” [Image: icongear.jpg] in the upper right part of your browser, then click again on Internet Options.
[Image: Internet Options in Internet Explorer]
In the “Internet Options” dialog box, click on the “Advanced” tab, then click on the “Reset” button.
[Image: Reset Internet Explorer]
In the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” section, select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click on “Reset” button.
[Image: Reset Internet Explorer to its default settings to remove CoolSaleCoupon]
When Internet Explorer has completed its task, click on the “Close” button in the confirmation dialogue box. You will now need to close your browser, and then you can open Internet Explorer again.
[Image Reset Internet Explorer settings]
Remove “Ads by CoolSaleCoupon” virus from Mozilla Firefox
If you’re having problems with Firefox, resetting it can help. The reset feature fixes many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information like bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill information, browsing history and open tabs.

In the upper-right corner of the Firefox window, click the Firefox menu button ([Image: Firefox Menu button]), the click on the “Help” ([Image: Firefox Help button]) button.
[Image: Click on the Menu button then Help]
From the Help menu, choose Troubleshooting Information.
[Image: Troubleshooting Information in Firefox]
Click the “Reset Firefox” button in the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page.
[Image: Reset Firefox to its default settings to remove CoolSaleCoupon]
To continue, click on the “Reset Firefox” button in the new confirmation window that opens.
[Image: Click on the Reset Firefox button]
Firefox will close itself and will revert to its default settings. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click on the “Finish“.
Note: Your old Firefox profile will be placed on your desktop in a folder named “Old Firefox Data“. If the reset didn’t fix your problem you can restore some of the information not saved by copying files to the new profile that was created. If you don’t need this folder any longer, you should delete it as it contains sensitive information.

Remove “Ads by CoolSaleCoupon” virus from Google Chrome
Click on the “Chrome menu button” (Chrome menu) on the browser toolbar, select “Tools“, and then click on “Extensions“.
[Image: Extensions menu in Chrome]
In the “Extensions” tab, remove the CoolSaleCoupon any other unknown extensions by clicking the trash can [Image: Remove an extension from Chrome] icon.
Basically, if you have not installed an extensions then you should remove it from your web browser.
If you cannot remove the CoolSaleCoupon extension, and under the trash can you can see the “Installed by enterprise policy” text, then you will need to follow our “Remove Installed by enterprise policy extension from Chrome” guide.
[Image: Remove CoolSaleCoupon Chrome extensions]
STEP 3: Remove CoolSaleCoupon adware from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome with AdwCleaner

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer and web browser for the “CoolSaleCoupon” malicious files, browser extensions and registry keys, that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

You can download AdwCleaner utility from the below link.
ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download “AdwCleaner”)
Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers, then double-click on the AdwCleaner icon.
AdwCleaner Icon
If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the “Scan” button as shown below.
Click on Scan button to find CoolSaleCoupon virus
AdwCleaner will now start to search for the “CoolSaleCoupon” malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
To remove the “CoolSaleCoupon” malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the “Clean” button.
Remove CoolSaleCoupon virus with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or documents, as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button.
AdwCleaner removing CoolSaleCoupon virus
STEP 4: Remove “CoolSaleCoupon” virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free uses industry-leading technology to detect and remove all traces of malware, including worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware, and more.
It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts.

You can download download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from the below link.
MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download “Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free”)
Once downloaded, close all programs, then double-click on the icon on your desktop named “mbam-setup-consumer-2.00.xx” to start the installation of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
[Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware setup program]
Picture of User Account Control You may be presented with a User Account Control dialog asking you if you want to run this file. If this happens, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.
When the installation begins, you will see the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard which will guide you through the installation process.
[Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard]
To install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on your machine, keep following the prompts by clicking the “Next” button.
[Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Final Setup Screen]
Once installed, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will automatically start and you will see a message stating that you should update the program, and that a scan has never been run on your system. To start a system scan you can click on the “Fix Now” button.
[Image: Click on the Fix Now button to start a scan]
Alternatively, you can click on the “Scan” tab and select “Threat Scan“, then click on the “Scan Now” button.
[Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Threat Scan]
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now check for updates, and if there are any, you will need to click on the “Update Now” button.
[Image: Click on Update Now to update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware]
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for the CoolSaleCoupon virus. When Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is scanning it will look like the image below.
[Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware while performing a scan]
When the scan has completed, you will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected. To remove the malicious programs that Malwarebytes Anti-malware has found, click on the “Quarantine All” button, and then click on the “Apply Now” button.
[Image: Remove CoolSaleCoupon with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware]
Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now quarantine all the malicious files and registry keys that it has found. When removing the files, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot your computer, please allow it to do so.
[Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware removing CoolSaleCoupon]
After your computer will restart, you should open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and perform another “Threat Scan” scan to verify that there are no remaining threats
STEP 5: Double-check for the “CoolSaleCoupon” malware infection with HitmanPro

HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner, designed to rescue your computer from malware (viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc.) that have infected your computer despite all the security measures you have taken (such as anti-virus software, firewalls, etc.). HitmanPro is designed to work alongside existing security programs without any conflicts. It scans the computer quickly (less than 5 minutes) and does not slow down the computer.

You can download HitmanPro from the below link:
HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download “HitmanPro”)
Double-click on the file named “HitmanPro.exe” (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or “HitmanPro_x64.exe” (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.
[Image: HitmanPro start-up screen]
Click on the “Next” button, to install HitmanPro on your computer.
[Image: HitmanPro setup options]
HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for CoolSaleCoupon malicious files.
[Image: HitmanPro scanning for malware]
When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Click on the “Next” button, to remove CoolSaleCoupon virus.
[Image: HitmanPro scan results]
Click on the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial, and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
[Image: HitmanPro Activate Free License]
Your computer should now be free of the CoolSaleCoupon adware infection. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the Premium version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future, and perform regular computer scans with HitmanPro.
If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove CoolSaleCoupon adware from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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Blogging For Bucks


I tried Internet Marketing, in a very poor fashion a couple of years ago.  I am not a salesman.  I found that out when I was a kid.  I couldn’t sell anyone Green Thumb Lawn Service, even when their lawn looked like crap!


I couldn’t sell a convict a set of keys to handcuffs, let alone market crud that no one seems to want.  I affiliated with various companies that supposedly sold reputable goods, and never saw a dime.  I advertised, put up Adsense, tried to entice people to look at my wares, and accomplished absolutely nothing.  Well actually I probably wrecked my reputation.


Even so, I still click on some of those ads that suggest I can make money by doing a particular thing. I know there are scammers out there, and folks that aren’t scamming but don’t really know what the product is.


I have a computer full of neat stuff promising to make me anywhere from $ 23 – $1000 per day. Cash Cows, Money Bots, Secret Software, Reports, Tips, Ebooks, Video, and charts with graphs, pictures, instructions, and most of it seems to be garbage.


Now there’s Blogging For Bucks, and if you can set up a blog, and figure out a paying ” Niche”.  You   can proclaim your expertise in your field, and get everybody to come by and spend their money at your site.  It could happen!


It never happened for me but that’s because I don’t know what I’m doing in any meaning of the words.  I can hardly make a post, let alone be able to sell you the keys to the cuffs that bind us.  Yet I still collect ideas and promises of Making Money On The Internet.


So you ask, how does this relate to the title of this article?  Blogging tips.  Do’s and don’ts of blogging.  Blogging tips, how to monetize your blog, and more tips on how to blog and let others provide you with content, and all of those types of ideas.  Lazy Blogging 101.


Here are some ebooks if you are interested.  They are free and can be downloaded, or you can read them right here at my place.  If you are gonna stay please don’t drink all the coffee, because I am coming right back, and I really need it.  I’ll see you in a couple of hours, so wait around for me!

BloggingforBigBucks              BloggingSecrets_v87owb2sed                8 key steps to blogging


Using WordPad

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Wordpad Tutorial, Keyboard shortcuts and exercises V2  EBOOK DOWNLOAD

A fellow blogger was outraged the other day as their work was lost due to a minor glitch. I tried to help, after the fact, which really wasn’t much help at all. That did make me think maybe I could help by showing everyone what wordpad can do. I tend to do most of my writing on wordpad.
I also picked up a pdf file on wordpad, with all sorts of tips on how to use it. The pdf also has a couple of pages telling you all of the keyboard shortcuts available, how to highlight words, and how to do almost anything you may want to do.

Wordpad Tutorial, Keyboard shortcuts and exercises V2   DOWNLOAD EBOOK

Using WordPad

In this article
Create, open, and save documents
Format documents
Insert dates and pictures to documents
View documents
Change page margins
Print documents
WordPad is a text-editing program you can use to create and edit documents. Unlike Notepad, WordPad documents can include rich formatting and graphics, and you can link to or embed objects, such as pictures or other documents.
WordPad window

Create, open, and save documents
Click to open WordPad.
Use the following commands to create, open, or save documents:

To Do this
Create a new document Click the WordPad menu button , and then click New.
Open a document Click the WordPad menu button , and then click Open.
Save a document Click the WordPad menu button , and then click Save.
Save a document with a new name or format Click the WordPad menu button , point to Save as, and then click the format you want to save the document in.
WordPad can be used to open and save text documents (.txt), rich text files (.rtf), Word documents (.docx), and OpenDocument Text (.odt) documents. Documents in other formats are opened as plain text documents and might not appear as expected.

Work faster in WordPad
There’s a quick way to put the commands you use most often in WordPad within easy reach—put them on the Quick Access Toolbar above the ribbon.
To add a WordPad command to the Quick Access Toolbar, right-click a button or command, and then click Add to Quick Access Toolbar.

Format documents
Formatting refers to how the text in your document looks as well as how it’s arranged. You can use the ribbon, located just underneath the title bar to easily change the formatting in your document. For example, you can choose from many different fonts and font sizes, and you can make your text almost any color you want. You can also easily change how your document is aligned.
Click to open WordPad.
Use the following commands to change the formatting of your document:

To Do this
Change how text looks in your document Select the text that you want to change, and then use the buttons on the Home tab in the Font group. For more information about what each button does, hover over the button for a description.
Change how text is aligned in your document Select the text that you want to change, and then use the buttons on the Home tab in the Paragraph group. For more information about what each button does, hover over the button for a description.

Insert dates and pictures to documents
Click to open WordPad.
Use the following commands to insert the current date or a picture:

To Do this
Insert the current date On the Home tab, in the Insert group, click Date and time.
Click the format you want, and then click OK.
Insert a picture On the Home tab, in the Insert group, click Picture.
Locate the picture that you want to insert, and then click Open.
Insert a drawing On the Home tab, in the Insert group, click Paint drawing.
Create the drawing that you want to insert and then close Paint.

View documents
Click to open WordPad.
Use the following commands to view documents:

To Do this
Increase or decrease the zoom level On the View tab, in the Zoom group, click Zoom in or Zoom out.
View the document at its actual size On the View tab, in the Zoom group, click 100%.
Display the ruler On the View tab, in the Show or hide group, select the Ruler check box.
Display the status bar On the View tab, in the Show or hide group, select the Status bar check box.
Change the word wrap settings On the View tab, in the Settings group, click Word wrap, and then click the setting that you want.
Change the unit of measurement on the ruler On the View tab, in the Settings group, click Measurement units, and then click the units that you want.
To zoom in and out in a document, you can also click the Zoom in or Zoom out buttons on the Zoom slider in the lower-right corner of the window to increase or decrease the zoom level.
Zoom slider

Change page margins
Click to open WordPad.
Click the WordPad menu button , click Page setup, and then select the options you want.

Print documents
Click to open WordPad.
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The waiting game | rgcorros

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It’s never convenient to be without something one really needs, or wants.  We are so accustomed, to being able to go, do, live, act, and be, whatever, however, whenever, or where ever, for whatever reason we choose.  We have no patience for inconvenience.  If something doesn’t work right,and we don’t know how to fix it, we’ll call for support.

We’ll relate all of the particulars involving our problem, and the person, or recording offers various ways to get to the next step.  We hope this will be the resolution to our dilemma.  It’s such a bother, why  do such simple things give us so much trouble?  All a person can do is fret about not being able to do that thing, that caused all the inconvenience in the first place, only causing more of the same.

Today is the next day, of the waiting game.  Nothing really matters, except the minor irritation of not solving the issue of the previous day.  Still waiting….

Ok, this is ridiculous, something has to happen.  The tech guy should be along sometime, to verify the details I’ve given.  Just my luck, my task requires an engineer, not just a tech, and no one can confirm when my number will come up.  Why are we so impatient? Why are we so addicted to our own convenience? What we prefer is everything to work right, without interruption.  What we’re given is Murphy’s law….

So it’s of little consequence to anyone if I get back in the game or not.  Day I’m not sure when, almost over the withdrawal feelings, almost…Still waiting.  If I’m not here to meet the person,that may or may not show up, to deal with this thing, will they do whatever is required to provide a cure? I want to think ” they’re professionals, they’ll take care of everything”.  But I know if I miss them, I’ll be informed , I missed them, and yes they would have seen the note, but due to possible liability la ti dah…So it’s all on hold again, waiting…..

At last, the engineer, my problem will be solved now.  The relief.  Finally someone to get me back in the game. Then the bad news.  The details I reported were, in fact correct. ” So what’s the problem?”  The engineer will assist a technician.  “Ok, so what’s the hangup?”  This will be a new installation.  The current system for the distribution of the service, is about to be not current, so an updated system is essential.  ” Whatever just do it, right?”   Well the new system wont be implemented yet until all the bugs are worked out.  ” Why not just hook up my stuff, the way the neighbors stuff is hooked up?”   That’s the old way, and the provider doesn’t want to be responsible, for providing a failing service.

Not just Murphy, now I have a genuine catch 22.  All this for a little inconvenience, what is the price of a great one?

3 hours worth of phone calls, now my phone is useless, but another van has arrived.  Great joy, I’ll see this through yet.

It’s 2 days later again, and I’m fairly positive, today will be the one.  Two vans, full of every kind of hook-up gear ever manufactured, sitting in the drive, with a sporty looking Buick.  I began to feel, I definitely rate, as I’ve got an engineer and two technicians.  I heard one of the techs, say something about a supervisor on his way.  4 hours later, I got the latest intel on the project.

I should be elated, the project looks like it might work, if I knew what I was looking at.  The new system transmits at a different frequency….The muffler bearings….the framstat, on the diagnostic…No signal match….To dark to try to figure out today.  Monday, no Monday is a holiday…

3 vans, a Buick, a Bucket truck, and a new Lincoln, plus a couple extra techs.  The extras were there to learn how to do this type of new install.  I was told the guys brought whatever it might take, to get me back in my game.  I wonder if it’s just a waiting game…

6 hours and counting, the guys are all busy, and we’re all on a first name basis now.  The impedance is correct and the frequency matches, but the code doesn’t recognize the system, and overloads the…

It’s getting frustrating, but today is the day.  I can hardly wait, but I’ll have to, as that is the name of the game.  3 more hours passed by, and I get another update about the work being performed.  There seems to be a phase variance, coming through the sequencer, affecting the modulated pulse transducer, causing a feedback loop in the core’s primary inverter.  It’s getting dark again, and no one will be able to figure any of this out today….

2 more days, and countless trucks, vans, Buicks and Lincolns, techs, and supervisors, and more engineers.  The original problem, has been fixed and the service should be up and running soon.  Yes, I see the main man coming now…

Can you believe it?  All that hoop de lah for this.  The new installation, done in the near new way, since the new way hasn’t been implemented yet, will have to be updated when the new system is ready to be brought up to bear the load….And the cost is only 60% higher than the highest estimate, due to being a new install, on an old system, in the process of being updated.

Obviously I want the service, or I wouldn’t have called.  I am disappointed at the price but what does one do?  I give them my card, and wince at the price tag, and smile in my mind.  I’m getting back into the game.  My anticipation is paramount.  I almost can’t wait for all those engineers and techs and supervisors and whoever else to leave.

The dust gently settles in the driveway as the procession leaves my neighborhood, and I rush inside to get back into the game.  Why is it, when a person is bent on doing something, they’ve been anticipating, Murphy jumps into the mix?  What now?  What code?  I don’t get the code until the payment has cleared the bank.  Well, what do you expect from a multi-billion dollar company.  Guess I will have to wait until tomorrow, what’s one more day now?

It’s extremely difficult waiting…In another hour the bank will be open, and I will get everything wrapped up, and be able to get back in the game.  Fourty nine minutes, boy time sure doesn’t move at all when you really want it to. 37 minutes….

What a load of crap.  A dollar short, and the whole world just stops.  Because the new install costed more than planned, the bank can’t cover the dollar, and sets my account back even farther.  Overdraft fees.  Sometimes it seems like the whole universe is against me.  I’ll have to wait for payday, then I’m getting back in the game.

11 days later, it’s payday again and it’s not a holiday.  The bank should be open, and the company paying my wages is sound, so there shouldn’t be any problem getting all this taken care of.  Wonderful news.  The bank admitted the previous error on my account was a glitch with their system.  All wrongly charged fees have been refunded and my account is in good standing.  Yes!  I’m getting back in the game.

Pawing through a pile of paperwork, I located the number to call, to finally activate the system.  What is this?  That number was a working number just days ago.  At least there was another number to call if I wasn’t able to reach anyone at the main office.  What was that?  The multi-billion dollar company, with whom I had been dealing, has gone bankrupt.  No, so what now?

It seems the dollar the bank wouldn’t front me, was the straw that broke the camel’s back.  But, before closing it’s doors, all the pending accounts were forwarded to another company.  Yes I do have the number, please be the end of all this waiting game.  This company is on the ball.  They know who I am, and all of the particulars in regard to my account status.

“Why can’t I activate the system?  Yes, I knew I had to wait until the payment was processed, but that should have been days ago”.  “What?  I have a statement from the bank showing the payment had been paid”.  “What do you mean, it wasn’t recorded in your system, it’s recorded everywhere else”.  “Ok if that’s what it takes, open another account”.  “Yes all of that information is current and correct.  How long until proper verification”?

“Support”?  “Yes it’s me again”.  “No, the stupid code will not work”.  “Yes, I’ve tried it that way too”…”no”…  “I do know how to enter a security code”.  “No, I’m not being snippy.  I’m just frustrated”, “no, I’m not blaming you, I just don’t understand what the hangup is”…. “Yes that will be fine, I’ll wait for your guys to get here to take care of this minor glitch, thanks”…..

The new company must really be new.  All of their vehicles are new also.  Black with gold, great colors and logo, they look to be professional.  What’s this?  “That was put together by the other company.  It’s a new install on an old system, in the process of being updated.  That’s what they had explained to me”.  “No, I don’t know anything about the new system”.  The tech doesn’t know how this was put together either.  Hopefully I’ll see him on Monday.

At last, Monday morning, and a whole yard full of the shiny black and gold trucks.  More techs and supervisors, and a couple more engineers.  It’s strange not one of them has ever seen a system quite like mine.  How could things get so complicated?  I’ve been reassured, these guys are all professionals, and I should be back in the game by the end of the day.

Now what?  There’s a gathering of workers and their supervisors.  Even the bosses are all looking at my new system and shaking their heads.  No one, at least, in this company has ever seen this kind of setup.  Yes I explained, I saw what was built, and although I don’t understand all of the technology embedded in the new system, I am sure it will work.  ( It seems I, who doesn’t know diddley from doo, knows more about this new installation, than all of the professional types, hanging around the yard.)

The new system, a new and improved standard installation, turns out to be related to rocket science.  Sounds like my luck is holding.  Tomorrow we’ll get to put this puppy online and see what it’s capabilities are.  I knew I shouldn’t get too excited, but maybe tomorrow I’ll be back in the game.  Sleep never comes to those so full of anticipation, but I can get by without a few hours of sleep.

There is a storm raging out there.  I should be raging too, almost a month into this whole fiasco, and not much seems to have been accomplished.  The storm is too severe to send techs and equipment out today, but I’ve not been forgotten.  I’m number 1… Ahead of all the rest, first on the list.  After it’s safe to venture forth, I will get my system going and get back in the game.

Murphy again!  3 days to get past the worst storm in fifty years.  Trees broken and littering the highways, power lines down, blown transformers.  Too much debris to get past.  The army corp of engineers will have everything all cleaned up by the end of the week.  I can expect to see my crew here, in 3 or 4 days.  My crew!  Now I feel important, it’s my crew.

“Hello”?  “Yes it’s me”. “The what”?  “I find that hard to believe”.  Apparently the engineers and the design team, were working on a model of my system.  The schematics suggest, there may be some variance of the waveform that won’t interact kindly in the last stage mixer buffers, creating possible echos in the matrix.  It can probably be handled with a 941 code box wired into the sub-junction of the linear node amp, relieving the unnecessary pulse transmissions. The bad news is that the 941 code box is still in China.  The good news is, it will be shipped out at their earliest convenience.  Great, soon I’ll be back in the game.

” Hey there, I’m trying to reach Julie”.  “Yes, she’s with billing”.  “Sure, I’ll hold, but I am short on minutes”.  “Hey Julie, this is me and I’m returning your call”.  “What do you mean delinquent payment”?  “No, the system isn’t even running yet”.  “I don’t know who said what.  All I know is the thing ain’t working yet, and it’s been over a month”.  “No, really I’m not being rude.  The system was under construction, when your company inherited that account.  The service had not yet been activated”…. “I know you have an account activated for me on that date, but the service has yet to begin”…. “Yes”… “We’re hoping”… “Ok, that sounds fine, I’ll notify you when the service is activated and my billing should begin then”?  “What do you mean?  I didn’t call the whole darn company out to my place.  I don’t believe they’re all working on” …….

Out of phone again.  It’s always something.  I may be actually learning something.  Patience…Breathe…The top dog foreman or whatever his title, just handed me the schematics of the new system, with revision notes and a few part numbers.  Included was a revision of the installation package and new billing numbers.  Looks like I bought the whole company.  I’m pretty sure I can’t afford this….Contract?  Lawyers?

Well once again, it looks like it’s time for the waiting game…..


Software and Hardware

I didn’t usher in the age of electronics and computers with enthusiasm. I wanted nothing to do with those “damn” things. I avoided using personal computers until 2002. At that time I was forced to use them. Chained to the desk, with a whip cracking over me as I tried to get away, forced to learn. Windows 98 was the starting point for me, and everyone told me just how easy it would be. I found it very easy…to crash the employment office’s system! They told me go ahead, you can’t hurt anything, just play with it for a while. I tried and ended up in some corner of cyber-space, where no one like myself had gone before. I thought I could find my way back, so I pushed a couple of keys and the system went offline.

Forward to a brighter future, I got the basics figured out, thanks to the instruction of computer geeks at a learning center. With that crash course I was able to open windows, and successfully navigate the

photo software

various software packages

2015-01-27_160520 more softwareworld-wide web, without further incident. That didn’t make me like computers. It only enabled me to fill out job applications without causing more problems, although that seemed to make the employment office happy.

In 2008 I got one of those stupid things for my very own. Yes, I got a computer and started to really play with it. The machine was not top of the line, nor a powerful brute. It was old, sluggish and ugly, truly obsolete, and just right for me. It was manufactured in 2001, placed in a storeroom at Office Depot, and overlooked until 2006. The poor old thing was then donated to the job fair as a prize, and my daughter won it! She used it for a time and then moved out of the house to see the world for herself. She gave it to me, to take care of and eventually got herself another one. So I had the means to really start to learn what a computer was, and what it could do.

The computer was able to take me online where I learned it was HARDWARE. I wasn’t too impressed with hardware. It was just another thing to catch dust, and it was constantly needing to be recharged. That was a chore in itself, as I lived in the woods without power and had to run a generator just to have modern lighting. I took the computer to town whenever I went, so I could go online and see what the “internet” was really about.

I found free programs on a site I landed on., that’s the site. Free, always to my liking, appealed to me, and exciting programs I could download was just too good to be believed. I didn’t even give it a second thought. I Downloaded everything that caught my attention. I found out the site I had visited was full of “freeware” and “shareware”. It didn’t cost anything and I could experiment with different programs. I will have to blame that site for my newfound addiction. Software! It was like heroine, I couldn’t get enough. I had to try more. I filled my hard-drive with programs about anything I was interested in.

Software, I am still amazed with the stuff. You can’t feel, see, taste,hear or touch it, but it can do things in a way that inspires magic. It’s a wonder to me, as software is only “direction in machine language”. I wish I were as addicted to other directions, such as how I should have planned my future. Had those directions been as exciting as software, I just might have. If I had, had a clue earlier, I might have been inspired to go digital long ago.

Software comes in many forms although it can’t be seen. It is gray, but we all know there are 50 shades of gray. You wonder how I know this? Software is a gray area. This magical stuff, has actually been around even before computers were first built.
Origins of computer science

An outline (algorithm) for what would have been the first piece of software was written by Ada Lovelace in the 19th century, for the planned Analytical Engine. However, neither the Analytical Engine, nor any software for it, were ever created.

The first theory about software – prior to the creation of computers as we know them today – was proposed by Alan Turing in his 1935 essay Computable numbers with an application to the Entscheidungsproblem (decision problem).[1]

In mathematics and computer science, the Entscheidungsproblem (pronounced [ɛntˈʃaɪ̯dʊŋspʁoˌbleːm], German for ‘decision problem’) is a challenge posed by David Hilbert in 1928.

This eventually led to the creation of the twin academic fields of computer science and software engineering, which both study software and its creation. Computer science is more theoretical (Turing’s essay is an example of computer science), whereas software engineering is focused on more practical concerns.

However, prior to 1946, software as we now understand it – programs stored in the memory of stored-program digital computers – did not yet exist. The very first electronic computing devices were instead rewired in order to “reprogram” them – see History of computing hardware.

So, software was a real boon to the modern world. Today we use modern computing devices and software everyday, and can’t even comprehend how we lived or functioned without it. Without software I wouldn’t be able to blog and describe any of this to you. Software goes at the speed of light, so we’ll be trying to catch up with it forever. Even though It can’t be seen with the naked eye, I did manage to get a picture of some before it sped away.