Saturday, April 19, 2014

Video to Consume

Here is a video from YouTube that relates to cybersquatting:

Here is the link to the page on the BBC site where there is a five minute long video on cybersquatting that I can't easily embed in this page.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Perhaps in the Summer We Will All Be Happy Again

In the meantime, we can all hold out hope for a better future.  In order to prepare, here are some of the things I'm looking forward to doing when the weather and my situation improve.

Entertainment List – Summer
  • Read by the pool or on the beach
  • Swim
  • Grilling
  • Running
  • Biking
  • Drink iced tea instead of coffee (OK, in addition to coffee)
  • Internet use
Entertainment List - Current
  • Gold Rush, season four continues to impress me although some of the original 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Rooftop Gardens

Recently, I did some reading on the topic of rooftop gardens.  The following is a list of some of the suitable places to install a rooftop garden:
  • Houses, of course
  • sheds
  • garden offices
  • studios
  • garages
  • houses
  • bicycle sheds
Here are some of the herbs that the books I have read on this topic suggest planting on a rooftop garden:
  • Thyme
  • Chives
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Batch File Creation Using the Dewey Decimal System

I wrote a batch command designed to create ten folders: one for each of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System.  Inside of each of these ten folders resides one hundred folders that correspond to each of the sub groups of the dewey decimal system. 

Basically, the code consists of a big long series of make directory commands that look like the following:
md 000Generalities
md 000Generalities\000Generalities
md 000Generalities\001Knowledge
md 900_GeographyAndHistory\999Extraterrestrialworlds
I realize there might be a more elegant way to accomplish the same thing using -p but what is done is done.

I thanks to the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for publishing the entire Dewey Decimal System's structure online here.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Windows Tip - Create Lots of Files Fast

Credit goes to TechHead74 at this location for the following tip, which allowed me to quickly create a large number of folders.

Hi everyone! So I did find an answer to my question. I used the format that Steve provided for a while until I recently found a much better and easier way to do this. Below is an example. You can change it for your own purposes later.

1.) Create a root folder in which you want your other folders to appear.
2.) Open Notepad.
3.) Save your blank Notepad document as dir.bat.  Exactly like that (minus the period at the end of bat, of course).
4.) Within the dir.bat document, write the following:

md test1
md test2
md test3
md C:\Users\janedoe\Desktop

5.) Save and then close the dir.bat file.
6.) Go to Start -> Run.
7.) From the Run screen, browse for the dir.bat file and select open. In this example I would find it at C:\Users\janedoe\Desktop.
8.) Select OK. A command window may flash on the screen momentarily. That's okay.
9.) Go to the C:\Users\janedoe\Desktop. Your newly created files will be there.

- you can replace the test1 files with the names of the files you want to create
- to create file names with spaces put them in quotation marks. For example "md test 4"
- if your file folder has a name with spaces in it, put quotation marks around it. For example, md "C:\Users\jane doe\Desktop"
- to create a sub folder put a slash there. For example, md test3/graphics.
- double clicking the file is the same as running the file. If you want to edit the file right click the file and select edit.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Global Warming

Let's Print Lies!

The Wall Street Journal slipped farther away from credibility when they went to press with this nonsense about Global Warming.

Thankfully, at least one writer bothered to look up the qualifications of the 16 scientists in question who are not climate scientist and published this rebuttal piece.

There Must be an Easier Way to Get Ice

As if Global Warming wasn't doing enough damage, a guy in Chile was found with five tons of ice stolen from a glacier in the back of his truck according to this article.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Her Smile

Perhaps this drawing of the girl who sometimes makes me coffee will soften the blow of needing to get your gadget and technology related news from one of the other approximately 9,000 news outlets that cover these topics:

Teal and pink energy lines and pupils not quite as bright in IRL 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Formatting File Names

I Should Have Known This Before!

Over the years, I have developed a system for naming files that I find very useful.  Here is that system:


xxx = the abbreviation of the category, which is never more than three letters long, i.e. AR = Accounts Receivable, AP = Accounts Payable, J = Journal (because I'm secretly a 14 year old girl), N = Notes (which I edit and published on Clean Sheets and Dirty Girls), etc.

_ = the underscore character

SubjectMatter = a name for the file that I will remember later, i.e. MyNamingSystemExplained or something similar would be the title of the entry devoted to a piece of writing I might do on this topic.  If I was saving a copy of an a news article from the internet this is the place where the title of the article would be placed.

yyyy_mm_dd = the date in this format because that way it can be sorted by name on the computer and come up in chronological order. I always (try) to save dates in the computer in this way.

0n = zero and a number that increases by one every time I save a file so that I or anyone I am working with can quickly identify the current version of the file, which is the one with the highest number at the end.  This is important when making revisions to a single file or when sharing the file with another person.  Even in a small office environment it is possible for two people tasked with making edits to a presentation or sales document to work on an older copy of the file if there is no system in place to identify which copy of the file is the most recent. If I know that the type of document will include a lot of files, I will make this more than two digits long.

For years, I was had been using mm_dd_yy in my file names.  Only about one year ago did I finally switch to yyyy_mm_dd, which makes so much more sense because it can be sorted by a computer and have the results appear in chronological order.  If I had only been reading the latest from the International Organization for Standardization (I.S.O.) I would have been on to the more useful way of expressing dates years earlier!

Here is the link to the xkcd comic on the subject of correctly formatting dates for all your chronophiles.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Middle Class Economic Might

Amazon Prime

One of the best things about having a job is that all of those little things that I have been putting off purchasing are now things I can more easily justify buying.

This year I bought in to the Amazon Prime thing in order to get free two day shipping on virtually everything that is available on, which is virtually everything that is available for purchase on the planet.  Plus, I get access to the Prime media library, which has been nice since I have cut ties with my cable company as I posted about here (it's funny, you should read it).

A lot of writers have worn the letters off their keyboards describing how awful it is that online retailers are using tracking tools to better understand their consumers.  I say that this process isn't going far enough and that I would like to have more of a say in what goods and services are shown to me when I log in to my account with  Recently, my employer asked me to look up some information on