Copyright (C) 2011-2012 by Steve Litt
Thursday: 4/19/2012: Introduction to Python at LEAP MeetingDavid Billsbrough and I will present "Introduction to Python" at
the Linux Enthusiasts and Professionals (LEAP) meeting Thursday,
4/19/2012 at 6:45PM, at DeVry Orlando, 4000 Millenia Blvd. Orlando.
Plenty of free parking. David begins around 7PM after an introductory
speaker. I do the "Introduction to Python OOP" part a little
after 8PM: See the LEAP website, http://www.leap-cf.org/meeting.php3?meeting=next. for details.
7/7/2011: My new book is out!
My new book, titled "The Key to
Everyday Excellence", went on sale to the public on 7/4/2011. The
introductory price til 7/31/2011 is $9.80, and sales have been brisk.
This is a discovery novel (a business novel teaching things not
entirely related to business) in which you learn these four tools:
These are explained more thoroughly at http://www.troubleshooters.com/bookstore/key_excellence.htm.
- Process factory
- Targeted skill transfer process
- Continuous improvement skill transfer process
- Scan and Exploit
After 7/31/2011 I expect this eBook to sell for $19.95 due to its 110K word length and the value of its tools.
5/20/2011: Why Scan and Exploit is Different
Scan and Exploit is my latest process, joining my Universal Troubleshooting Process and Rapid Learning Process. Here are the process steps, straight out of my soon-to-be-completed book:
The Universal Troubleshooting Process and the Rapid Learning Process are highly specialized to do one and only one activity. Scan and Exploit
is different because it can be used in a wide variety of situations.
It's especially powerful in changing situations, unpredictable
situations, and when you want to find your way from one condition to
- Know your tools and techniques
- Scan the current situation for patterns related to those tools and
- Exploit a pattern with the proper tool or technique
- Go to step 2 and start over
5/11/2011: Business Novels
Goal" by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox is a business novel. The
premier business novel. A fiction book designed to teach. With this
book you can learn the complex Theory of Constraints in a fun way by watching the main character (Alex Rogo) figure things out. If you haven't read this book, read it.
I first tried my hand at writing business novels (actually business
short stories) in the following stories from "Twenty Eight Tales of
Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, so my new book, "The Key to
Everyday Excellence", is written as a business novel. It should
be available in June.
- Heather's Revenge
- Universal is a Relative Term
- The Hallmans Had a Hard Life
5/6/2011: My New Book is in the Edit Stage
My new book, "The
Key to Everyday Excellence", is being edited by a professional editor
right now, and will be available for sale in about a month. It's going
to be cool.
Have you ever wondered how I keep creating productivity processes like
the Universal Troubleshooting Process and the Rapid Learning Process?
Me too. I had no idea.
Then, while writing "The Key to Everyday Excellence", it became clear
exactly how I create these processes, so I made sure this book teaches you how to do it.
It's pretty cool. Need to be good at something? No problem, create a
productivity process for that activity, and next thing you know you're
Umm, I'm sorry for the 14 month gap in my tweets. There was a big
influx of work and "The Key to Everyday Excellence" consumed A LOT of
time. But that's no excuse. I'll never have a gap like this again.
3/13/2010: Half Way Done With My Next Book
I backburnered "The Woman's Guide to Dealing With
Repairmen", and there's no estimated date when it will be ready. My
next book, which I started about 2 weeks ago, which is about starting a
business when you're
unemployed, is about half way done. I expect it to be available before
Sometimes, when there are just no jobs to be had, you have nothing to
lose by starting your own business. This book gives tips on how to
quickly do that without going into debt or committing in a way you
can't get out of. After all, that spectacular job offer might be a week
away, but you can't count on it, so you need to start taking other
steps to get money in right away.
11/16/2009: The Woman's Guide to Dealing With Repairmen
working title of my next book is "The Woman's Guide to Dealing With
Repairmen." As the title implies, this book is for women, and it
discusses how to deal with repairmen. I'm outlining it now, and will
start writing it within the next two weeks. It will be a free download
eBook in PDF format.
Judging from my wife's observation and
those of many other women, repairmen don't make it easy if you're
female. If you're a woman, I'd very much like to hear from you concerning any
problems you've had with repairmen, technicians, mechanics, computer
geeks for hire and the like.
The book's information page is at http://www.troubleshooters.com/bookstore/repairmen.htm.
If you're a man, please show this to your wife, mother, sister and
female friends. The more feedback I get in the outline stage of this
book, the more useful the book will be.
9/13/2009: New Book!
My latest book is finished. It's called
"Thrive in Tough Times: The Thinking Person's Guide to Success and
Fulfillment." It's COMPLETELY different from the books in your
bookstore. Read all about it at http://www.troubleshooters.com/bookstore/thrive.htm.
8/14/2009: New Linux Productivity Magazine
This magazine shows how to turn Ubuntu into a desktop/laptop Linux that
It describes installation, updating software sources for nonfree
software, Wifi configuration and troubleshooting, custom hotkeys, and
lots more. Read it at http://www.troubleshooters.com/lpm/200908/200908.htm.
8/13/2009: Win9x/Me Samba Failure Syndrome
Changed defaults in a recent Samba upgrade cause heartache for Win9x/Me
machines. This article at http://www.troubleshooters.com/linux/win9x_samba.htm
describes the symptom, the solution, and the theoretical underpinnings
of this nasty little problem. It also gives a proactive fix so you'll
never see the problem.
8/13/2009: Did You Miss Me?
Due to family illnesses, broken computers, and various other time sinks
I haven't written here in June or July. But I'm back.
5/24/2009: I've Created a Troubleshooting Process Discussion List
created a discussion list (mailing list) specifically for professional
discussions about the process of troubleshooting. This is a
professional list rather than a bull session. It's intended to host
only on-topic posts without personal insults, profanity, and other
distractions. It will have an extremely high signal to noise ratio. You
don't have to be a professional to join, you just have to make your
If you'd like to subscribe, go to http://www.tcdiscuss.com.
5/17/2009: The Bicycle Wheel Building Subsite Is Available
wow is it complete! This subsite has facts you can't find anywhere else
on the Internet. I think that this just might be the most complete
source of wheel lacing content on the Internet. The only thing missing
is a spoke length calculator, but spoke length calculators are
available all over the Internet, and personally, if I were going to
spend $36.00 on 36 spokes, I'd bring the hub and rim into a quality
bikeshop, let them do the calculations, and get them to guarantee that
the spokes they sell me will fit.
My document covers inside and
outside pull, rim polarities, hub bevel polarities, and much more.
Equipped with this document, I think any fairly competent person who
can follow instructions can build themselves a wheel with any hub and
rim combination as long as they have the right length spokes. See the
wheel building subsite here.
5/14/2009: New Bicycle Wheel Building Content Coming
5/12 I laced a bicycle wheel from scratch, for the first time in 20
years, following some very quick, concise and accurate instructions
from John at Orange Cycle, my favorite Central Florida bike shop.
Unfortunately, I got the hub countersink polarity wrong and one spoke
already snapped off at the head.
John's instructions helped me
understand wheel building better than I understood it when I was a
professional bike mechanic. Further detailed web research plus some
experimentation has given me ideas on building a strong and durable
window regardless of rim polarity and hub countersink polaritity.
Deceased bicycle authority Sheldon Brown earlier wrote the best wheel
building content at http://www.sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html.
However, like most others, Sheldon failed to take into account hub
spoke hole countersinking, so I will soon be creating some
wheelbuilding content to augment Sheldon Brown's.
5/10/2009: Analysing my Dabo App
My first step in learning Dabo (http://dabodev.com/)
was to analyze the code written by its auto-generator (AppWizard). The
autogenerated code is organized into three directories, ./ui, ./biz,
and ./db, corresponding to the three parts of a typical 3-tier app.
Everything is pretty much where you'd expect it, and contains pretty
much what you'd expect, and is fairly simple given what is
accomplished. The three tiers are brought together with a python
program, named for the application, in the main directory.
I only had a few minutes, but was able to re-order the columns on the
grid and the form.
a few more hours looking through and fooling around with the
autogenerated code, the next step will be to develop something with the
I don't know enough of Dabo to evaluate its value as an app framework
for Troubleshooters.Com, but what I can
say is "so far so good."
5/7/2009: GoLUG Meeting Was Great!
presentation clearly and succinctly explained Qt -- what it is and how
to use it. Then, in real time, Richard used Qt to create a web browser
(sans the http component -- it opened only local on-disk files). He
could have added the http component, but the presentation was only two
hours, and we all got the point.
I'll be investigating Qt soon now, and I don't think I was the only
attendee who was inspired. Great work Richard!
5/6/2009: GoLUG Meeting Tonight
I'm looking forward to
tonight's GoLUG meeting. Richard Ostrow will demonstrate development
with the Qt programming framework. If you live in Central Florida and
want to attend, here's all the info:
Location info: http://www.fullsail.com/about-us/location.html
Full Sail Campus Map: http://www.ivrtech.net/files/FS_Campus.pdf
If you live in Central Florida, I hope to see you there!
5/5/2009: My First Dabo App
For a decade I've been looking for
a RAD as productive as Clarion. I'd still use Clarion except there's no
Clarion for Windows. I tried RAILS but it didn't quite float my boat,
so now I'm trying Dabo (http://dabodev.com/).
|So I make a test
database with a test table called people,
and bang, just as advertised it autogenerated a simple CRUD app. A
picture of the app's data grid is on the right.
first time I tried it I'd forgotten to include a primary key when
creating the table, so I recreated the table with a primary key,
re-autogenerated the app, and it worked perfectly, at least for what it
At the right you'll notice the fields are ordered fname,
job and lname instead of fname, lname and job. My next step is to find
out how to fix that.
I have a 1 table app autogenerated and the fields reordered, I'll try
autogenerating a 2 table app (with a 1 to many relationship). After
that, I'll start evaluating whether to use Dabo for in-house
5/3/2009: Updated Steve's Scheme Society
I updated the Scheme
at a Glance
page to include local variables, tail recursion pros and cons, random
numbers and a kludge to print rational numbers as fractions.
5/2/2009: Steve's Scheme Society (with Guile)
Scheme is an oustanding language for math, puzzles, and controlling
other programs. It's also the native language of Gimp's script-fu. I've created Steve's Scheme Society (with
as an easy way to learn and understand Scheme and its GNU
implementation, Guile. The first two pages of this subsite, while not
complete, are quite adequate to get started with Scheme.
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