I am a former IBM programmer, having retired in 1997. I spent the first 15 years with IBM in Kingston, NY and the next 15 with IBM in Raleigh, NC and RTP, NC. I moved to the North Bend Townhomes subdivision of north Raleigh in 1982. In 2013 I moved to the Heritage Two subdivision of Wake Forest, NC (aka the Heritage 2, or Heritage South, or Wildflower subdivision).
See here for why I have converted this website's photo links from Picasa Web Albums to Google Photos.
Here are pictures and movies of some animals I have seen around the Wake Forest neighborhood.
The ant moat above the hummingbird feeder can be built by following these instructions.
This is a map showing how to get to the Heritage 2 area.
These are the routes I take when I do litter pick-up around Heritage 2 three days each week. I have walked over 2000 miles since I started doing this in May 2013 and am now on my fourth pair of work boots.
Here are pictures of SOME of the litter picked up in the roads and gutters and along the greenway/creeks and around the ponds since May 2013. Most of the nails and other metal items were found along interior Heritage streets, often near lots currently being developed. Fishing gear was found around the ponds. Balls, foam darts, etc. were usually in gutters, although many had washed down into the greenway. I average collecting two bags of trash plus a bag of recyclable items each day. Most of the recyclable items (many beverage cans and bottles) come from the south side of Rogers Road (the only part of that road I cover); some come from the more heavily traveled interior Heritage streets.
Often newspapers aren't delivered properly in Heritage 2, as shown in these pictures. They are thrown into gutters or streets instead of driveways. They end up waterlogged in the gutters, or pulverized on the streets, or in storm drain grates and pipes and then wash down to greenway catch basins. For the gutter and street deliveries, I pick up what I can, hopefully before the rain gets to them, and usually put them in the closest driveway. However many areas I cover only once a week; I assume the faulty deliveries occur on the other days as well.
4/23/16 update: After
some correspondence with
The News & Observer people in March,
the delivery process seemed to become much better for several weeks,
but some streets then became bad again.
. In 2002 I became a Wake County Precinct Official for precinct 01-43 in north Raleigh, becoming the Chief Judge in 2011. After I moved to Wake Forest in 2013 I was appointed Chief Judge for precinct 19-09 in Rolesville (outside my home precinct). Over the years I have helped the Wake County Board of Elections develop some of their procedures and election manuals, as well as providing postmortem documentation for each election. Here are some of my more recent files associated with the BOE work.
. I occasionally have helped relatives, friends, and neighbors with PC and Internet questions. Here are a few files associated with that work. Included is information about doing full system backups/restores, as well as notes on a tool I wrote to easily back up critical user files. In addition to my old documentation about installing Windows 7 (much still applicable to later systems), I have now added information about my experiences with Windows 10.
Here is material for a class I have taught on HTML and CSS. The original intent was to show people how to create web pages for the North Bend Townhouse Homeowners Association website (see below) and for their own websites. It is very much at an introductory level, but is enough for people to get a feel for the subject and then be able to start reading and experimenting to learn more.
The following zip files contain macros I have written for the Mansfield KEDIT for Windows text editor. Mansfield's support for this flexible and reliable product is now being phased out, but it is still my main editor, primarily because of the many macros I have written for it over the years.
|PCCON||Text Flow Tools|
The World Community Grid (WCG) is a philanthropic initiative of IBM. WCG allows participants to transparently donate spare capacity of their computers, e.g., PCs, to numerous research projects. Past projects have included doing calculations for cancer markers, proteome folding, clean energy, clean water, HIV/AIDs, ebola, dengue, malaria, muscular dystrophy, and many others. Anyone can become a member.
All this takes place without affecting the computer user. When you become a member, you first download and install a program on your PC; this is easy to do. From then on the program automatically downloads pieces of work from the Internet to your computer, runs the calculations when you don't need the computer cycles for something else, and then uploads the results upon completion; it then downloads another piece to work on. Depending on the number of CPUs (cores) in your computer and the number of threads each can run, multiple such pieces can be worked on simultaneously. You can tailor the program to constrain the amount of computer resources it will use and also can easily suspend the program entirely any time you want.
I have been a WCG member since 2004, with now four PCs doing calculations (eight threads running on three of them and four threads on the fourth) when the PCs are not doing other work for me. Currently WCG has over 700,000 members around the world, to date donating in total well over one million years of computer time from over three million devices. WCG is the world's largest virtual supercomputer.
. Here are some useful links (click on entry in left column):
|Wake County Real Estate property search||Find real estate by address or owner name|
|Wake County iMAPS||GIS facility with much county information|
|Wake County, NC||Wake County government|
|Wake County Board of Elections||Information on voters, elections, elected officials|
|Town of Wake Forest||Town of Wake Forest government|
|Town of Rolesville||Town of Rolesville government|
|City of Raleigh||City of Raleigh government|
|American Red Cross blood donation||Make an appointment to donate blood|
Here is a recent CPI history (Excel .xlsx file) using statistics from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
My nephew and niece-in-law have opened a craft beer store in Knoxville. It is called The Casual Pint - Downtown.
These are links to some space websites.
These are instructions for using a Keurig "Mini Plus Brewing System".
In October 2005 I created the nbtha.org website for NBTHA, the North Bend Townhouse Homeowners Association, and maintained the site until late April 2012. I wrote many of the files on the website and edited/formatted almost all of them, about 1000. From 2006 thru 2011 I organized and published the North Bend Newsletter each month, as well as five editions of the North Bend Directory and Guidelines (one about every 18 months). Until late April 2012 I maintained all of NBTHA's IT and other office equipment equipment and software, developing software tools, reports, and procedures when requested or needed.
Using experience gained from working with the Wake County Board of Elections, in 2006 I put together the NBTHA election procedures. I did the associated mailings and helped run the elections from 2006 thru the September 2011 election; this normally would have been handled by the NBTHA Secretary. For a good part of a year, mainly in 2011, I also filled in for the Secretary by writing the NBTHA Board minutes.
All the above NBTHA work is now being handled by other people or is no longer being done. For further background, as well as past and current nbtha.org status, see here.
The North Bend homeowners association (NBTHA) replaced many townhouse roofs in 2010. I recorded attic temperatures (Excel file) before and after my roof was replaced. Note that the summer of 2010 set many heat records in our area.
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"I Accept" NOT !
For all those web pages which require you to press an "I Accept" button to acknowledge reading some unreadable document, here is a link to my proposed "I Accept" Agreement Extension document to lay some things back on those "I Accept" requirers.