Saxophone Ensemble Video

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Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Small Businesses

There’s been a trend developing over the last few years to offer software applications that you can use from just a web browser. I’m typing in one right now, WordPress. GMail is another. They have gotten very sophisticated in recent years. Quite a few benefits are provided too. The software is constantly upgraded without your need to do anything, your data is backed up (hopefully! this might be good to verify in the terms of service now and then), you can access your program and data from any computer and there’s no need to save the information on the computer you’re on to see it. How does this relate to a business? There are many business-related software programs that now charge a monthly fee and provide their software. From an...

5 Months with a Cochlear Implant, Music and Lectures

First things first.  Music with my cochlear implant is way way beyond my expectations. But I had pretty low expectations. Seriously, music sounds great now (5 months from activation).  The CI adds a whole new layer of sounds that I couldn’t hear before.  It helps bring out the lyrics.  It adds the higher frequency percussion, cymbals, drums besides bass, harmonicas, all kinds of things.  Yes, more cow-bell! I’ve been learning to “play” the drums in The Beatles: Rock Band.  My second attempt at a “rhythm game”, the first was DDR which I had trouble with because beats weren’t always apparent to me.  I also tried the Wii Music game but the only instrument I could hear well was the tuba!  Rock Band, at least with...

Blog topics brain dump!

I want to write! But there are so many things that I want to write about that I draw a blank when I open this window to start.  Maybe a list will help… 4 months with CI CI #2?  2 CIs versus 1 CI and 1 HA versus bilateral EAS Music lately (wish I’d remembered to bring headphones to work today) Work – TX, LA, TX, PE exam, new suitcase to review (coming today!) Slides In A Flash – accept credit cards, paypal/google checkout, good old fashioned checks Photo hosting Twitter, Twitzap and tweetups Our sailing “vacation” The Kite Runner Using the phone, for work, for home, CapTel Web freelance work (woot!) Swimming Betsie the lawnbott (but she has her own blog I should write in!) AutoCAD – oh right, I’m supposed to be...

Slides In A Flash

Slides In A Flash

Let’s start with a photo: These slide carousels have been sitting there for over a year now. Where did they come from?  Well, I have a home business called Slides In A Flash where I convert old slide photos to digital images.  Last summer I had a lovely man say he was going to send me ten carousels… he sent 35!  He didn’t want them back either, so I kept them.  Unfortunately, they don’t seem to have much value.  eBay even has it’s own category for slide trays. So, I just posted an ad on freecycle to see if I can give them away. For my business I will hang on to 4 or 5 of them.  I use them to automate the process I have… but I don’t need 30 extras, and it would be nice to get that room clean. As for Slides In A...

Summer’s moving right along

Summer’s moving right along

Where does the time go? July 4th weekend my parents stopped to visit us here in Charlottesville.  I had a band concert that Thursday night and another on the morning of the Fourth of July at Monticello.  It’s always moving to see the naturalization ceremony conducted.  Last year the guest speaker was the president (which one? not important. ;)) and security was tight. The helicopters flew right over our house to land at Monticello and the band had to be there hours and hours early.  This year was much more calm.  My parents and I actually drove ourselves and parked at the visitor center. By the end of that concert a lot of us were quite burned out on marches. Especially Sousa!  But the audiences were very appreciative. It wasn’t very hot here...

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