Attachment Issues

It seems lately that the incidence of virus-laden emails has skyrocketed. I’m referring to unsolicited email messages that include an attachment.

I don’t know if it’s a trend or if I just noticed it, but the spammers who send virus-infected emails have absolutely no creativity. I began to count the subject of these messages when I noticed about 20 emails with the subject “Report” and an attachment. Continue reading “Attachment Issues”

New York State of Health, Affinity Healthcare, and My Health

I’ve written several posts about my problems with New York State of Health and Affinity Health Plan. Today I want to write what I hope will be the last entry in this miserable saga. In a nutshell, I lost my health insurance at the beginning of this year. Whether the fault lies with Affinity or with New York State of Health, my health insurance policy was canceled. The problem is that, once it was canceled, it took six months to get it reinstated.

Yes, you saw that correctly, it took SIX MONTHS!

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Whatever a Spider Can

I came across this little story when I was looking for something else. It was originally submitted to a contest (which it clearly didn’t win!) so I thought I’d share it here. This is not fiction! It actually happened.

My son, Matthew, loves superheroes. Even now, when he is almost twenty, he is crazy about the heroes of both the Marvel and DC universes. Fortunately, Matt still loves this story and sees the humor in it, even now that he is a grown-up or I couldn’t tell it to you. I guess the subtitle should be, “Matt and his (short) Web Swinging Career.

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Never Give Up, Never Surrender

The title is a quote from one of my favorite movies, “Galaxy Quest,” one of the best spoofs and homages to Star Trek that I’ve ever seen. The saying is a bit trite, but maybe it’s time I took it to heart anyway. I’ve known that I want to be a writer since I was seven years old. That’s almost 50 years! And, in some ways I’ve succeeded. I’ve been a [Technical] Writer on and off for the past sixteen years. I’ve made pretty good money at it. But I’ve made only a bit over $100 writing fiction.

Is it a matter of being hypercritical?

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A Programmer in Technical Writer’s Clothing

I worked for Microsoft in Redmond, WA for a little over four years, first as a contractor and then as a full-time employee. Although I enjoyed my time there, I don’t regret moving back to New York State. The three of us, my husband, my son, and I, missed our family here on the East Coast. Also, by moving back, my son had a chance to get to know his grandfather much better than he would have if we had stayed.

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Creating a Gel Button in Photoshop CC

Once upon a time, a long time ago, when everyone was making web graphics and writing about it, I wrote a bunch of tutorials on using Photoshop to create graphics for the web. Some of those techniques are so outdated that I’d be ashamed to talk about them. But some of the things I wrote about are still useful today.

I decided to republish some of the tutorials here for your use. This is the first…

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Follow-up Why New York State of Health is STILL an Epic Fail

I posted the other day about how my healthcare was completely messed up. I added a couple of updates to that post, but I thought it might be easier to add a new post. To re-cap:

I received a call from the New York State of Health telling me that I hadn’t renewed yet. I won’t go into all of the details (my other post Why New York State of Health is an Epic Fail for the long version.) Following all of the problems, I received a bill from Affinity and paid for January and February. They told me that I had to  make sure that New York State of Health knew that I had coverage.

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When I Grow Up

When I was ten years old, I wanted to be a writer. Actually, my oldest memories of “what I want to be when I grow up” involved telling stories. I started reading when I was three or four. I read Alice in Wonderland, Doctor Doolittle, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and books of fairy tales. As I grew up, I broadened my horizons. I read all kinds of fiction and non-fiction. But all that time I dreamed about writing my own stories. I wanted to give back. All those books and stories took me to other worlds, worlds where magic worked, worlds where you never knew what you were going to find around the next corner.

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Send to… where?

The send-to menu in Windows is useful for opening a file with an application other than the one you usually use. For example, you have a text file. You know it is a plain text file, but the name ends in something other than txt. So you open Notepad or some other editor that can read and write text files.

Not impossible to do, but it can be tedious. You open Notepad, you click File/Open, you then have to navigate to the appropriate directory and tell Notepad that you want to work with files other than plain text. Why go to all that trouble?

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