Levels of Attire for a Consultant that Works at Home

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After working at home for over a year now – my spectrum of “dressing up” has so many new levels – here is my personal dressiness hierarchy: The bottom: No shower – wearing pajamas Errands/average day: Shower – warmup pants, or shorts, with flip flops with a t-shirt More dressed up: Shower – nice shorts, golf shirt, flip flops Even more dressed up: Shower – nice shorts, golf shirt, sandals An outing: Shower – jeans, nice golf shirt or t-shirt, sandals Another outing: Shower – jeans, nice golf shirt, shoes An occasion: Shower – nice pants, nice golf shirt, shoes… Read More »

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If You Want Something Done Right…

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Finally we got a nice break in the weather here in Chicago over the weekend and it was time to get a new grill. In the past I had always bought grills that were pre-assembled but they never had an ignitor that actually worked. All the wires were always in place, but I could never get it to work (not even my Dad could get them to work). I am not a huge flame fan so lighting the grill with a lighter always made me nervous. Any way – after putting the grill together myself this time, I am proud… Read More »

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Always Use a Doctype

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After spending an hour on something that should have taken me 20 minutes – I wanted to pass on something I should have caught right away. The problem: you use CSS to lay something out and it looks great in Firefox and Safari – but not in IE. At this point I validate the CSS to make sure I did not forget a bracket or something stupid. Next step – validate the XHTML. This is where I would have solved my problem, but I failed to take this step. At that point I would have seen that the script I… Read More »

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Room and Board Customer Service

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I recently picked out and bought a desk for my office from Room and Board. The desk was delivered to my house yesterday and I could not be any happier with the experience. Since I am in the service business myself, I am always appreciative of great customer service and wanted to share my experience. After the delivery, I got an email from a Room and Board employee: Checking in with you to make sure that you are pleased with your purchase. If there is anything that I can assist you with, please let me know. Thank you for shopping… Read More »

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Secure Email, Secure Web Site – Thanks

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One of my top pet peeves in my field is the use of self-signed SSL certificates for public web sites. I have no issue with using self-signed SSL certificates for a development environment or something internal, but when you have outside users, you need to show them that they can trust you. Just today – I got a “secure” email from my student loan company (which first got marked as junk). When I clicked on the URL in the email (https://securemail…) I got the error message “certificate was signed by an unknown certifying authority”. My blood began to boil. A…. Read More »

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Land Rover Anniversary

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It has officially been one year since we bought our Land Rover. Did I write this down? No. Land Rover sent us an “anniversary” present in the mail with a card. We got a very classy box with a card, a $2,000 off coupon for a new Range Rover (thanks – that should cover the floor mats) and a Land Rover duffle bag. I am continually impressed with the service and thoughtfulness of this company.

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Doing What's Right

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I would like to think we all have standards of some sort. I expect people to treat me with respect as I will treat them with respect. Other people demand to be catered to at all costs – all the time. This morning at the train station the police were out and about issuing tickets for all people who crossed the tracks (there are 3 sets – closest: from Chicago, middle: express trains to and from Chicago depending on the time, far set: local to Chicago). Anyone who has ridden the Metra for a few days/weeks/years has crossed the tracks… Read More »

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Color, gimp.app, and Photoshop

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I love Photoshop. I always have. I can still remember the first time I saw it. It was version 3 in a computer lab at Penn State, running on 7100s with Mac OS 7.5.1. It was a rainy day and I was enlisted to help the instructor keep the class of PSU faculty and staff on task as well as help with any technical difficulties. One look at the program and I was in love. I spent many of the following weeks in that lab on the weekends, after training faculty, staff, and students creating all kinds of graphics and… Read More »

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Humidity

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This humidity is driving me crazy…how is it that so many others, including myself live in an area that has such extreme temperature changes? I remember a few months ago barely able to go outside to walk Triscuit in the cold, now here I am with extreme heat and humidity. On another note…I have been using public transportation for a number of years now, but never did I see what I saw today…someone clipping their nails over their purse, then pushing the clippings into her purse. Wow.

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