Class Dismissed

I have not been doing much writing for the past couple of years. I used to write after work, early in the morning, on the weekends, but that time has been completely consumed by school. When I wasn’t working, I was studying, writing papers and applications, and participating online in the classes I took to complete my Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology.

As of February 10, 2015 I have completed my BS/IT with a concentration in Software Engineering with a GPA of 3.92.

When I started school, my goal was to have a degree to go with the knowledge I already had. Goal attained! Perhaps I could even say, “Goal exceeded!” I learned a lot about the non-programming parts of programming, such as gathering requirements, designing the application, and how the various parts of a software system work together.

Now I don’t know what to do with myself.

Silly right?

I gave myself a week to do nothing. I played video games, read books, watch movies, and generally pampered myself. For the first time in a decade I’ve been getting eight hours of sleep at night. I’ve been eating actual meals instead of grabbing fast food and junk. I am actually beginning to feel like a human being again.

Now it is time to set goals, to find a new direction, and to put my education to good use. As they used to say back in the 70s, “Today is the first day of the rest of my life.”

Now I’m miffed

What good is copyright if it doesn’t stop people from stealing?

Copyright violation is an awful thing. Someone has taken my book, Dreams in Transit, converted it to a PDF file, and uploaded it to a downloads site for other members to download for free.

How do I know? I have a Google alert defined for my book, Dreams in Transit. Today I got a message with an alert and, when I checked it out, there was a link that turned out to be to a site that is allowing my book to be downloaded for free. I have sent them an email notifying them that it is a copyright violation for them to offer my book for free without my permission. I told them to stop. I doubt it will do much good. Is it worth hiring a lawyer? I’m sure Amazon isn’t going to help.

With the fact that my book has barely sold, I’m wondering how anyone knows about it to be trying to violate my copyright by stealing it.

I will update this post when I see what happens.

You have Files that are Ready to Burn to Disk

Make it go away!

Since yesterday, every time I turn on my computer, I get the message that I “have files ready to burn to disk.” It is annoying and, even worse, when I clicked on the message to try to cancel it, the window that should show the list of files ready to burn is empty! So how do you cancel something that you have already canceled?

Here is the answer. When you select files to burn to disk, you drag the files into that window. If you delete the contents of the list, the list goes into the recycle bin. Every time your computer starts up after that, it finds the list and tells you that you have files ready to burn.

Now for the solution. It’s so simple, you may kick yourself when I tell you what it is. In fact, it it so simple that you probably already figured it out. Empty the recycle bin and that “files ready to burn to disk” message will go away once and for all.

At least, until the next time you decide not to burn files to disk.

They’re baaack!

In Windows 8.1, you might still get the message. That is because Windows 8.1 maintains a hidden folder with information about files you have selected to write to a CD or DVD. If that hidden folder isn’t empty you will still see the message. The folder is located here:

C:UsersusernameAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsBurnTemporary Burn Folder

Replace “username” with your Windows username. Also, this is a hidden folder, so you will have to make hidden files visible. In Windows Explorer, go to the View tab and make sure that the box next to : Hidden items is checked.

When you have opened the folder, delete any files you find there. This should clear up the problem. (It is possible that this will work in earlier versions of Windows as well, but I can’t verify that easily. Let me know if you try it and it works.)

Birthday Party? Surprise!!

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My birthday cake.

This happened last Saturday. My husband woke me up and told me he was taking me out for a birthday breakfast. When I reminded him that it had been four days since my birthday, he explained that he had intended to take me out to breakfast on Tuesday (my birthday) but becuase I had a school project to complete, he didn’t.

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Make SimCity Run in Windows 8.1

I think this one will also work with Windows 8.0, but I’m not sure.

I recently purchased SimCity (now that they allow single player mode, it was worth getting) and I was extremely disappointed when I discovered that it wouldn’t run properly. After installing it and upgrading the files to the latest version, I started the game. The log appeared, and it seemed that a window opened, but it immediately disappeared, minimized to the taskbar. I tried restoring it. No luck there either, I heard a few seconds of music and saw a black background before it I saw both of my monitors flicker. The window was minimized again.

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Easily Select Multiple Files in Windows 7 & 8

If you have been using Windows for a long time, you probably know how to select multiple files in Windows Explorer. But if you have been using Windows for a long time, you might not be aware of an easier method that has been added. I am not absolutely certain if the feature was added with Windows 7 or if it was available in Windows XP or Vista as well.

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