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 South subdivision of Wake Forest, NC (aka the Heritage Two, or Heritage 2, or Wildflower subdivision).
In the following there are a number of links to Google Photos albums. In case you are unfamiliar with viewing such albums, these Google Photos hints should help.
Here are pictures and movies of some animals I have seen around the Wake Forest neighborhood. The ant moat shown above the hummingbird feeder has proved to be very useful. I have made some extra ant moats and put a post on Nextdoor to give them away to Heritage South residents while I have any left.
Three or more days each week I do litter pick-up around Heritage South, including parts of Rogers Road and the Sanford Creek Greenway. See litter pick-up for more on this, including a route map, pictures, and a list of some of the interesting items I have found.
This is a map with directions to Heritage South. Here is a streams and trails diagram for the Heritage South greenways.
Here are some pictures I took when they installed fiber optic conduit under my yard and nearby areas for the Ting fiber optic network. There is a lot of commentary in the Google Photos Info sidebars, so be sure to click a picture to enlarge it and click the circle-i to display the info sidebar.
Here is some information and pictures for the Rogers Road washout caused by Hurricane Matthew.
. In 2002 I started as a Wake County Assistant Precinct Official for precinct 01‑43 in north Raleigh, becoming a Judge in 2007 and 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). In 2017 I was appointed Chief Judge for the new 19‑19 precinct (now my home precinct), which includes parts of Wake Forest and Rolesville. Over the years I have helped the Wake County Board of Elections (WCBOE) develop some of their procedures and election manuals, as well as providing postmortem documentation for each election. Some of my more recent files associated with this are in Board of Elections work. Here is information about the 11/8/22 election.
The "Information Mainly for Precinct 19-19 Voters" page has information that changes relatively little from election to election, such as maps and diagrams, links to access and change voter registration information, links for early voting sites and absentee voting, instructions for proper use of the Tabulator, Stanford Creek Elementary School considerations, and an iMAPS tutorial. Although some of this page is specific to 19-19 voters, a good portion is relevant to 19-18 (and other) voters as well.
. I occasionally have helped relatives, friends, and neighbors with Information Technology questions. Here are a few PC/Windows/internet files associated with that work, now mainly oriented toward Windows 10. 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.
I had my ISP-based email address for almost twenty years; the ISP was Time Warner (Road Runner), later taken over by Charter Communications (Spectrum). Because I planned to change my ISP to Ting when Ting became available, I decided to change to an ISP-independent email address and did that in the Spring of 2019, notifying my correspondents (people, companies, and organizations) of the change. This was made more difficult because the old address has been widely distributed. To help others faced with a similar challenge, I put together "Considerations for Changing Your Email Address". Still, long after the change, occasionally some emails still dribble in to that old address from companies/organizations that had been told (and retold) about the change years ago. Apparently they have trouble finding all the places where they stored an address and don't update them all when notified of a change.
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||Version 2.2.2|
|ENHSRCH||Enhanced Search Tools||Version 2.4|
Here are some of my Python efforts to date:
|pack_grid||Provides easy way to experiment with tkinter label packing||Version 2.2|
|BL_CSV||Analyzes precinct distribution of voter names to pollbooks||Version 1.4|
Here is introductory HTML and CSS material for a class I once taught. 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 a high 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 World Community Grid (WCG) had been a philanthropic initiative of IBM since 2004. The system has now been turned over to the Krembil Research Institute in Canada. [Note: The new WCG system is still not fully online. Krembil seems to be having considerable problems reestablishing the system and keeping it operating reliably. It was originally supposed to restart in April 2022.] 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. When WCG was running, prior to the transition to Kembril, I had four PCs doing calculations (eight threads running on three of them, nineteen on the other) when the PCs are not doing other work for me. When it was last active, WCG had over 800,000 members around the world, donating in total over 2.3 million years of computer time from almost 7.5 million devices.
. 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|
|Nextdoor community website||How to join Nextdoor|
This gives some hints for viewing a Google Photos album.
Here is a recent CPI history (Excel .xlsx file) using statistics from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
These are links to some space websites.
These are instructions for using
This describes some work I did for the North Bend Townhouse Homeowners Association (NBTHA) when I lived in Raleigh.
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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.