Appreciating the Value of Microclimates

There is probably something odd about your house and you might not be aware of it. In fact, there was something odd about my house and it took me a while to discover it. Houses create microclimates in the right conditions. Such is the case with my house. The thermometer on the back porch is… (read more)

How to Butcher a Pumpkin…

When I was growing up, it was my uncles’ job to wield a big knife and peel the raw pumpkin so that my mom could bake pumpkin pie and make filling for canning. Watching one of “the boys” handle the knives while trying to carve away the skin of a raw pumpkin was usually a little scary and sometimes hilarious. It all… (read more)

Considering the Human Face of 3D Printing

A lot of my posts discuss the technical side of issues such as 3D printing. They’re a clinical treatment of a technical topic—devoid of sentimentality. Of course, this is a natural outcome of the kind of writing that I do. Most of my books contain accessibility aids in them because I strongly believe in the… (read more)

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 Of course, a few of those links are no longer active.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)