Tea Time with a New Toy

What warms the hands as well as the heart, especially on a blustery Autumn night? A nice cup of tea. How can you make a new acquaintance feel special or comfort an old friend? With a nice cup of tea. I love to drink tea. I like it strong and I like it hot!   Recently, I received… (read more)

API Security and the Developer

As our world becomes ever more interconnected, developers rely more and more on code and data sources outside of the environment in which the application runs. Using external code and data sources has a considerable number of advantages, not the least of which is keeping application development on schedule and within budget. However, working with… (read more)

Death by Connected Device

The title for this post is dramatic on purpose. In my book, Accessibility for Everybody: Understanding the Section 508 Accessibility Requirements, I describe all sorts of useful technologies for making the lives of those with special needs better. In fact, this particular book has received so much attention that I’ve expanded its coverage significantly by… (read more)

VBA Examples Online

When I originally wrote VBA for Dummies, I included a number of links to third party resources. Of course, a few of those links are no longer active. I was really happy to hear from JoJo Zawawi the other day about the link to his excellent VBA examples. The link found in my book, http://www.jojo-zawawi.com/code-samples-pages/code-samples.htm,… (read more)

Get Fluffy!

    A Quilt, a Comforter and an Afghan meet on the clothesline… When I was a kid, October was the month for the “Autumn Airing of the Quilts”. My best friend’s mother had a wide range of quilts and comforters, many of which had been passed down for generations. On a sunny Saturday afternoon we would take them all… (read more)

Beta Readers Needed for Build Your Own PC on a Budget

There is a certain excitement about building your own system. You decide what hardware should go into the box and you decide how everything should be put together. A lot of people would like to have more control over how their system is configured, which is why I decided to write Build Your Own PC… (read more)

Python Community Support

There are many issues to consider when choosing a programming language. Python is no exception. Just because I feel it’s the right tool to meet some of my needs doesn’t mean it will work well for you. That’s why the Understanding Why Python is So Cool section of Chapter 1 in Beginning Programming with Python… (read more)

Using 3D Printing for Urgent Medical Needs

The uses for 3D printing technology continue to amaze me. For example, it’s estimated that 2/3 of manufacturers now use some type of 3D printing technology. This technology has the potential for significantly changing how doctors practice medicine. More importantly, it has the potential for changing how emergency services are offered. I actually started this… (read more)

Herbal Harvest 2014

Every year I dry the herbs found in the herb garden for use during the winter months. You can see the technique used in the Drying Herbs post. I’m still using my American Harvest dehydrator to get the job done. However, since the time I wrote that original post, I’ve found a way to improve… (read more)

Avoiding Unwanted Spaces

Some time back, I created the Adding a Location to the Windows Path blog post to help readers make better use of some of my book examples. Adding a location to the path makes it possible for Windows to locate applications with greater ease. However, that post didn’t make it clear that a space in… (read more)