Over the years, I have learned to grab tidbits of time. The tidbits add up.

Julia Cameron

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  1. First car maintenance task this month: headlight not working, but not the easy replace a halogen bulb. The wiring harness / connector is cracked and must be replaced. Now I have to figure out the correct and safe way to splice wires in the car.
    • Headlight wiring
    • Splicing wires with great photo's! 08-01-2011
    • done! used 2 butt connectors, wire stripper, and some black electrical tape. End results = it works!
  2. Micro finance, creativity, and design all wrapped up together. Pen Type A at Kick Starter. The design is interesting, a custom designed stainless steel pen with a square ruler case. Refills are Pilot Hi-Tec-C Pens. Very creative! Watch the video. 08-02-2011
  3. Downloading a copy of Cory Doctorow's Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright and the Future of the Future for travel reading. Audio readings of the book (by various readers) are available also, by chapter/essays.
  4. The Internet Archive (see Doctorow notes above for stored documents and audio on the Internet Archive) is worth thinking about for public publishing. Obvious sections available include:
  5. Lifehacker 2011 Best Windows downloads and the Ninite installer pack
  6. Video player, including FLV and about everything else including audio formats, VLC Media Player. VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.
  7. Gizmos Freeware Reviews
  8. Bootable USB thumb drive with DOS operating system - why DOS? I needed to run SpinRite on a netbook - the only boot option was USB and SpinRite requries DOS.
    • HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool - v2.1.8 - This utility will format any USB flash drive, with your choice of FAT, FAT32, or NTFS partition types. An option is "Create a DOS startup disk" "using system files located at.."
    • Windows 98 System Files in a zip file. Unzip into a temporary folder and when you run the HP USB Format Utility select the directory for your bootable files.
    • last step was copying my SpinRite executable onto the USB and adding an autoexec.bat to load it upon boot.
    • A more current version of the HP utility is also available, but this worked fine for my simple requirement. 08-05-2011
  9. Denver, CO
    • Biking - Denver B Cycle, rental bikes at 50 stations near downtown. Great for the Cherry Creek and Platte River bike paths. 08-07-2011
    • Mountain Gazette - mountain lifestyle. A spiritual journey of 43 steps (the article that is!) a hike, some friends, and writing. Some of the great quotes from Lili Wright:
      • All day, we walk. I like the simplicity of this mission. We are not multi-tasking. I am not trying to be ...
      • I don’t believe in bragging rights. Don’t tell me about the crazy thing you did. Tell me how much fun you had.
      • Do it wrong, do it twice.
      • ... we have to improvise, leave home — Just go. Get out of here — find our truths in the desert.
    • Colorado Photography Festival starts Saturday next door to my conference. Need to plan ahead, use the local city paper. In Denver, that must be Westword. 08-11-2011
  10. New Win7 computer
    • Had my computer files moved to a new machine and needed to check that all files made the trip. Used WinMerge to quickly test about 28,000 files to my backup drive. Quick and easy peace of mind.
    • Utility time! 64 bit software
    • Win7 Resource Monitor is an excellent tool for tracking CPU, Disk, Network, and Memory usage. 08-16-2011
  11. 2011 Trends in the Supply of Accounting Graduates and the Demand for Public Accounting Recruits shows strong demand for accounting graduates
  12. Pathways Commission -

Creativity is just connecting things.

Steve Jobs

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