One Word Photo Challenge: Computer

Thanks to for hosting her OWPC. This week the challenge word is computer. I thought I would lead off with a photo of what I currently use in my daily life.

 

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So, we have a Dell desktop computer with a large non-touch screen running Microsoft Windows. You can see the large monitor in the background. In the foreground you can see my Microsoft Surface tablet computer that I take with me when I travel so that I can continue to work on my novels and also to download/edit my travel photos. To the right is my Apple iPad II that is already years old but still working admirably. Finally, on the left, you can see my Apple iPhone 6.

All four devices get daily workouts. All four devices are on automatic update for both their operating systems and their apps. Hopefully, I can stay current with what is going on in the world and the blog-o-sphere (if that is a real word).

Personal History with Computers:

My first computer experience was in 1966 at New York University at their uptown campus. 25 high school students were invited to spend the summer at NYU to learn about and experiment with the campus IBM 360 computer. This was the year that the The Trofgs hit “Wild Thing” was so popular over the summer. It seemed appropriate for our group. After learning the FORTRAN computer language and how to enter our punch card programs into the computer, we were given free reign each evening when the university was not using the machine. We had a great summer.

My next computer experience occurred in 1969 at the University of Rochester when I took a course on Computer Compiling Techniques. Again, I enjoyed the experience, but did not pursue a career in the field. After all, I was studying for a degree in Astrophysics.

After graduating college, I went into the elevator business. The company I was working for was using their own computer controllers to maximize the efficiency of their elevator operations in large skyscrapers around the country, but I was only selling them, not working on them. This phase of my life lasted only three years. I was getting bored with sales and wanted to do more with my life. So, I started an MBA program at Boston University during the evenings. While there, I had the opportunity to take a battery of job interest tests. Guess what? Every result showed that I should be in the computer business as a computer software designer. Why fight city hall?

I sent out my resume to 16 of the top national computer firms and hoped for the best. I got one positive response and it was from Electronic Data Systems. The company was started and run by Ross Perot (of Presidential Independent Candidate fame in 1992). There I learned to program IBM mainframe computers in both COBOL and IBM Assembler languages. I then moved to Plano, Texas and maintained several of the computer systems used to run their client’s Medicare programs.

With one more intermediate job after EDS, I became an independent computer consultant for the next 24 years. I had contracts with many large companies. Most of the contracts were developing software to run their medical claims processing systems.

At one point, I became a computer re-seller with AST Research. I would sell and set up computer networks at small businesses. I would set up their backup procedures, hand hold them when necessary, and replace any equipment that got outdated or broke down.

I may honestly say that I was a computer software/hardware expert for most of my life. There are hundreds of stories I could tell about my escapades. However, I will limit myself to just one story. I met my wife Alice while consulting at Paid Prescriptions in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.

Now it is 23 years since we got married and I have retired from the industry. I don’t stay current with mainframe computers anymore, but I do use my computers every day for writing, blogging, gathering news, connecting with friends on Facebook and email, and playing a few games.

My next purchase will probably be an Apple Mac desktop that I can use for post processing of my photographs. We will just have to wait and see.



 

5.0 out of 5 stars You Won’t Believe This is a NU Author…
on August 13, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, one of those you won’t want to put down. You simply will not believe that this a first novel for a NU/new author. Remember Andy Weir and “The Martian”? Well, add in the military technology and battles from the likes of David Weber, along with some of the “Ancient Aliens” theories and stories, and you’ll have a good idea of what this book is about.

Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.

 

You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.

Old Barn by Power Lines

This post is the second in a series describing Old Neglected Barns/Buildings in the Greensboro area of North Carolina. Click on the link above to see my initial post.

This particular barn is in an unused field through which run parallel sets of high voltage power lines, as seen in the left hand side of the picture.

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Here are some additional pictures of this dilapidated structure and the power lines that run past:

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Now here is an experiment where I have captured a screen image of Google Maps of the barn in the field.

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You can see the power lines running from top left to center right in the picture. Let me know if this is of interest to anyone. I think it adds some context to the photos.



 

5.0 out of 5 stars You Won’t Believe This is a NU Author…
on August 13, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, one of those you won’t want to put down. You simply will not believe that this a first novel for a NU/new author. Remember Andy Weir and “The Martian”? Well, add in the military technology and battles from the likes of David Weber, along with some of the “Ancient Aliens” theories and stories, and you’ll have a good idea of what this book is about.

Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.

You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.

Vice Admiral Bunting

Vice Admiral Albert Bunting is one of the main characters in my novel Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance. There is a chapter in the book where the Vice Admiral is introduced to the audience. It occurs in the protagonist’s (Sted Richardson) hospital room where he is recovering from losing both of his legs above the knee joints.

I hope you enjoy this little snippet of the book:

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Chapter 9 – Vice Admiral Bunting

“Good morning, Captain Richardson. I’m Vice Admiral Albert Bunting, and I have taken charge of overseeing your recovery and determining your fitness for further duty in the Navy.”

“Good morning, sir,” Sted said in a listless tone. He had a hard time looking directly at the admiral as the guilt he was feeling made his eyes slide away from the presence of authority. He knew that failure must be written all over his face. Fitness for duty seemed impossible at this point.

The Vice Admiral filled the doorway. He appeared to be the type of sailor found in the bowels of a ship tearing apart and rebuilding some major piece of equipment that kept the Space Navy’s vessels functioning properly. He actually was that type of person, except he did not deal with the mechanical part of a ship but with the individuals who manned those ships.

“I am truly sorry for the loss of your two officers in this unfortunate accident,” Bunting said. “I want to assure you that the Navy is doing everything possible for their families here on Luna and back on Earth. I have already written personal notes expressing the Navy’s gratitude for their service and to let them know that you, as their captain, are still recovering from extensive injuries suffered in the same accident. That is one task I was able to do for you while you were in surgery and post-operative recovery.”

“Thank you, sir,” Sted replied, looking up at the imposing officer with a mixture of gratitude and trepidation. “Over the next couple of days, I will also write notes to their families to let them know how much I appreciated their service to the Navy and to me personally as their captain on this last deployment. They were wonderful people and close friends, and I think the families deserve to know that directly from me.”

The Vice Admiral smiled. “I am sure that would be very much appreciated. I’ll have the families’ names and addresses sent directly to your comm unit along with a copy of my notes to each of them. Is there anything else I can send you that would be helpful?”

Sted shook his head. “No, sir.”

The Vice Admiral nodded. “Very well then, are you up to discussing your post-recovery career?”

“Maybe tomorrow or later this week,” Sted replied. “My thoughts are scrambled right now, especially when I try to remember what happened in that airlock. I’m not sure I could retain very much at this point.”

“Not a problem, Captain. I’m certain it will take time and a great deal of counseling with Ms. Fry for you to deal with the losses you have suffered. I just ask that you give us that time and your every effort to make things right again. I am also asking you to have faith in the recovery plan I have established and the team I have assembled. With all of us working together, I believe we can piece your life back together in a very meaningful way.”

“I will try, sir,” was all Sted could manage.

“Excuse me, sir,” Emily said as she pushed past Bunting and entered Sted’s room. “We need to get the captain down to rehab where we can begin the process you’ve outlined in your program.”

As she spoke, Emily disconnected Sted from the many wires and tubes around his bed and reconnected him to several on the wheeled transport gurney she brought over from the side of the room. Sted wondered what type of therapy they would start while he still required external devices to recover his health.

“I will return at 1400 hours tomorrow to review some of your options, Captain,” Bunting said. “I have instructed Emily and the hospital staff to give you full access to your proposed recovery regimen. Part of your initial visit to rehab will be setting you up with your own portable tablet from which you can see all of your medical records, including surgical notes, vital statistics over time, your rehab plan as set up by me, and anything else necessary for you to understand your progress and your goals. I put the initial plan into place while you were coming out of surgery, but it will be your responsibility to modify the plan going forward based on the decisions you make regarding your immediate future. Until then, Captain, I wish your good luck and Godspeed!”

With that, the Admiral withdrew from the room. It was just as well, as Emily needed most of the available space in the room to move Sted from the bed to the gurney. In the lower lunar gravity, his weight would not be a problem. She could easily move him. The only thing that made this difficult was working around the various attachments between him and the equipment on the gurney.

“Captain Richardson, can you hold on to these three lines while I shift your weight? Hold them up high enough so that when I lift your torso and then set you down on the gurney, the lines don’t get caught under your backside. Then I can rearrange everything appropriately once you’re settled.”

“Certainly,” Sted replied. “How long do I have to have this IV drip going and the monitoring devices attached?”

“Your IV will probably be removed sometime tonight, but that depends on the doctor’s evaluation of your progress on getting your digestive track working normally. The monitoring lines will remain in place for at least a week.”

After reorganizing everything on the gurney so that Sted was comfortable, she swung the gurney around to point what was left of his legs toward the door. “Okay, let’s get you downstairs to the computer lab so Larry can get you set up properly.”

Sted knew things were moving rapidly, but somehow, he didn’t care. He knew he would make the effort to write to Lorraine and Jeremy’s families, because that was his responsibility. That was about the extent of his plans. After that he just wanted to curl up into a ball and escape the pain of their loss.



 

Here is my latest Amazon review:

5.0 out of 5 stars You Won’t Believe This is a NU Author…
on August 13, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, one of those you won’t want to put down. You simply will not believe that this a first novel for a NU/new author. Remember Andy Weir and “The Martian”? Well, add in the military technology and battles from the likes of David Weber, along with some of the “Ancient Aliens” theories and stories, and you’ll have a good idea of what this book is about.

Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.

The book is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.

Monday Window – August 29, 2016

One of the best places to find great windows is overlooking a body of water, whether it be an ocean, a lake, or a river. This is particularly true if the windows face anywhere between south-east and south-west (in the northern hemisphere) where they can collect the sun during the colder winter months.

Today’s entry for Monday Window takes us to Knoxville, Tennessee. We took a paddle boat ride down the Tennessee River and saw many beautiful houses overlooking the water. Here is a collection of many of the houses with their wonderful windows.

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Monday Window Home
Monday Window Home


 

Here is my latest Amazon review:

5.0 out of 5 stars You Won’t Believe This is a NU Author…
on August 13, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, one of those you won’t want to put down. You simply will not believe that this a first novel for a NU/new author. Remember Andy Weir and “The Martian”? Well, add in the military technology and battles from the likes of David Weber, along with some of the “Ancient Aliens” theories and stories, and you’ll have a good idea of what this book is about.

Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.

The book is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Feathers

I have many pictures of from a Gannet colony near Napier, New Zealand. Some I have shared on other posts, but some are new to today’s post.

For other entries in this challenge, follow this link: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Feathers.

This was my first picture after stepping off of the bus. Notice all of the feathers scattered on the ground between the nests:

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This bird almost looks like a supersonic plane ready for a vertical takeoff:

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Asleep on your feet?

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Caring for the newborn:

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Soaring in the sun:

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I love the translucent wings and the beautiful detail on the feathers. I have a copy of this one hanging in my office.

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Here is my latest Amazon review:

5.0 out of 5 stars You Won’t Believe This is a NU Author…
on August 13, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, one of those you won’t want to put down. You simply will not believe that this a first novel for a NU/new author. Remember Andy Weir and “The Martian”? Well, add in the military technology and battles from the likes of David Weber, along with some of the “Ancient Aliens” theories and stories, and you’ll have a good idea of what this book is about.

Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.

The book is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.

Share Your World – 2016 Week 34

Share Your World is a challenge hosted by the brilliant blogger Cee Neuner. Follow the link associated with her name to get to her challenge page for this week.

Photo credit: Ben and Jerry’s website. Guess the reference.

This weeks questions are:

What is your favorite comfort snack food?

Is the paper money in your possession right now organized sequentially according to denomination and with the bills right side up and facing the same way?

If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see your family doing?

Would you rather not be able to read or not be able to speak?

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 


 

Here are my responses to the questions:

What is your favorite comfort snack food? Cherry Garcia ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s

Is the paper money in your possession right now organized sequentially according to denomination and with the bills right side up and facing the same way? Yes.

If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see your family doing?  My wife and I would be watching a movie or a TV drama and slowly winding down our day. We particularly like the positive nature of movies on the Hallmark Channel.

Would you rather not be able to read or not be able to speak?

This one is easy. I am not a loquacious individual. I am a voracious reader and now I am becoming a steady writer.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?   My wife came home from the hospital after anther 3-4 day stay. It is so wonderful to have her home. This week I look forward to settling back into our daily routines and to get back to my blogging, which has suffered from so much time spent with her in the hospital.

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Here is my latest Amazon review:

5.0 out of 5 stars You Won’t Believe This is a NU Author…
on August 13, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, one of those you won’t want to put down. You simply will not believe that this a first novel for a NU/new author. Remember Andy Weir and “The Martian”? Well, add in the military technology and battles from the likes of David Weber, along with some of the “Ancient Aliens” theories and stories, and you’ll have a good idea of what this book is about.

Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.

The book is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.

Sunday Trees – 250: Shade

This Sunday I want to highlight the shade of trees as natural air conditioning. The featured image is of a farm house that is completely shaded by strategically placed trees on all sides. The summer sun in North Carolina can be particularly brutal for the three months of June, July, and August. With a farm house placed in the middle of a 100 acre farm of wide open fields, there was a great need for shade to relieve this heat.

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Here are two more pictures of these trees on the farm to give an idea of how out in the open the farmhouse would be without the trees:

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Again, many thanks to Becca Givens at “On Butterfly Wings with Buttercup Tea” for hosting this weekly challenge. Go have a look to see other posts by her and her followers with all of their beautiful tree photos.



 

Here is my latest Amazon review:

5.0 out of 5 stars You Won’t Believe This is a NU Author…
on August 13, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, one of those you won’t want to put down. You simply will not believe that this a first novel for a NU/new author. Remember Andy Weir and “The Martian”? Well, add in the military technology and battles from the likes of David Weber, along with some of the “Ancient Aliens” theories and stories, and you’ll have a good idea of what this book is about.

Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.

The book is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.

Handling a Mistake – Nu Book 1

The Mistake occurred in Chapter 1. Lieutenant Blyleven let her frustrations show while on duty at her post on the bridge of the United Space Navy ship Revere. Let’s see what she intends to do about it:

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As Blyleven packed, her emotions pushed her thoughts in many different directions. She didn’t know which was worse: the frustration and anger over being redeployed so quickly or the embarrassment of being reprimanded in front of everyone on the bridge. How could she face her shipmates, let alone Captain Richardson, after letting her emotions take control of her actions like that?

She couldn’t undo what she had done, so how could she minimize the damage? Could she ever get back into the captain’s good graces? What would she have to do?

That’s when her training took over. When you made a mistake in training camp, you got reamed in front of your classmates, but you took responsibility for your mistake, you learned from it, and then you moved forward. She had to do the same thing in this situation. She would apologize to the captain, and when she got the chance, she would offer individual apologies to each person on the bridge. There was no need for a public apology.

Now, was it possible to rebuild her budding relationship with Captain Richardson? That might be asking too much. So far they had only flirted with a few mild sexual innuendos during the last couple of months of their deployment. It had been enough to give Lorraine some hope. There had also been a great deal of eye contact. Sted’s deep blue eyes had spoken volumes to her about things they could not say out loud. That eye contact was what had given her some confidence that this was more than just a casual flirtation.

She would find out soon enough. It was time to go see him.



 

Here is my latest Amazon review:

5.0 out of 5 stars You Won’t Believe This is a NU Author…
on August 13, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, one of those you won’t want to put down. You simply will not believe that this a first novel for a NU/new author. Remember Andy Weir and “The Martian”? Well, add in the military technology and battles from the likes of David Weber, along with some of the “Ancient Aliens” theories and stories, and you’ll have a good idea of what this book is about.

Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.

The book is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.

Thursday Doors – August 25, 2016

This week I had a chance to roam my neighborhood. When passing by our local fire station, I decided to snap a few pictures. Then I went to the two other fire stations in the town to make a series of the firehouse doors. Here is my offering this week.

The first fire station front doors:

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And Back doors:

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Second fire station:

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And the main fire station in the town with the doors raised:

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Across from the main first station I captured three additional sets of doors:

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Thanks to Norm 2.0 for hosting the weekly Thursday Doors challenge.



 

Here is my latest Amazon review:

5.0 out of 5 stars You Won’t Believe This is a NU Author…
on August 13, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, one of those you won’t want to put down. You simply will not believe that this a first novel for a NU/new author. Remember Andy Weir and “The Martian”? Well, add in the military technology and battles from the likes of David Weber, along with some of the “Ancient Aliens” theories and stories, and you’ll have a good idea of what this book is about.

Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.

The book is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.