2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014 – 18:30 – A WordPress story

WordPress is a free utility that allows web developers to quickly and easily create web sites for small businesses.  Here is an example of a WordPress web site:  http://perssontechnologies.com/

Over the next few months I will be going through several online classes to learn about all these things and how to build impressive business web sites using this software.  I will also be converting my philpersson.name web site (which is currently using Joomla) over to WordPress.

To aid me in my learning experience I have created four test web sites, at this moment as I type this they are just skeletons:

http://perssontechnologies.com/Sandbox02/

http://perssontechnologies.com/Sandbox03/

http://perssontechnologies.com/Sandbox04/

http://perssontechnologies.com/Sandbox05/

Right now I will be using these for learning purposes but when I have completed all my online classes these four web sites will be used a samples to show prospective customers what is possible with WordPress and these web sites will also allow them to test drive the software.

I am very excited about this future adventure and this new direction for my company!   🙂


Thursday, July 31, 2014 – 14:00 – Persson Technologies Update

Problems with the current Persson Technologies business plan:

  1. The software I am selling is already owned by everyone.  Anyone who has Notepad++, OpenOffice, Libre Office, or Microsoft Office can already accomplish all the tasks that my software automates.  My software does it faster but convincing the general public to purchase my software would be a tough sell.
  2. The financial aspect of this business plan makes no sense.  If I sell the software for $20 a copy I would need to sell 12 copies of the software every day of the week all year long for ten years to meet my financial goal.  Will I really get that many sales?
  3.  If people contact me for support, how do I charge for that?  If I spend ten hours getting the software working on their computer, how do I charge them $200 for my time?
  4.  This software might not work on some computers due to computer viruses, registry corruption, security settings, etc.  How do I convince the customer this is not due to my software?  How do I respond if they purchase a new computer and it will not work on their new computer?  How do I respond if while they are using my software something goes wrong with their computer and they believe my software caused it?
  5. Let’s say that based on number 2 above in ten years I have 50,000 customers using my product.  How do I inform them I am retiring, there will be no more support, the products will not work on any future versions of Windows and too bad for them?

Due to these considerations and others I have decided to change the direction of Persson Technologies in a way that will address the above concerns.


Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 10:58 – A computer nightmare!

I just went through a computer nightmare. 

This is a barebones computer that I built back in October of 2012. Apparently some of the parts are not very good. The computer started turning off due to the CPU getting too hot. A few nights ago I opened it up, cleaned it all out, and discovered the CPU cooler fan was no longer turning. Even if I helped it with my finger I could not get it to keep spinning. 

I found a new CPU cooler online that was larger (but not too large that it would not fit in my case) and also had good reviews regarding the performance and ease of installation. I picked it up last night after work.

I unlatched the old CPU cooler and discovered it was fused to the processor which was therefore ripped out of the CPU socket. Instructions for solving the fused CPU were online (hint: don’t try to pry it off with a small screwdriver). Then I could NOT get the CPU back in the socket! It turned out that some of the tiny 942 pins on the CPU had gotten bent. Instructions for solving this are also on the web (hint: don’t try to align them using a tiny screwdriver). At this point I had to pull the entire motherboard out of the case so I could see when the CPU was properly seated in the socket.

I had everything back up and running by around 9:30 last night and I am typing on this computer now but there for a while I didn’t know if this computer was going to survive the operation!


 Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – 23:45 – An Easter Moustache Story

This is an Easter story about a Christmas moustache. Yes, I know it is already two days after Easter but the picture and the story were created on Easter so it still counts. 🙂

I don’t like to have my picture on the web, I really don’t. Why do I need to see myself? I already know what I look like, I don’t need to see me. However, it occurred to me that some people who read this blog have not seen me in several years so against my better judgement I am posting a picture. I hope that it will not break your computer monitor.  😮

I have always been intrigued by the idea of growing a moustache. There were a few times when a had a week off from work and I tried for a few days and it sort of started but then I shaved it because I had to be somewhere. I think there is a phase during the life of a moustache where it just looks awful, like you forgot to shave.  🙁

During Christmas of 2012 our boss told us to work from home for two weeks. I stayed in and didn’t shave. At the end of the…..well, it was not a vacation because I was working so I guess I will just say at the end of the two weeks I had a beard and a moustache. The beard was very itchy and annoying and I figured it would require a great deal of work so I got rid of it. The moustache I barely noticed, Pam liked it, so I kept it.  😉

It really does not require much work. I trim it once a week on Sunday. It surprises me that all hairs grow at a different rate. I had never thought about it but I learned that as a result of this experience. I always worry about trimming it to perfection, like someone is going to be performing precise measurements of my face to critique my results. If anyone ever tells me that my moustache is crooked I will tell them no, it is perfect and it is my face that is crooked.  😉

Anyway, that is my story and I’m sticking to it.  🙂


 Saturday, March 29, 2014 – 14:40 – The Death of Special Big Jack Kitty-cat

Big Jack was put to sleep on 3-26-2014 at around noon. 

The last few weeks that he was alive, when he would lay on my lap and purr while I was watching TV I would put my hand on his purring body and try to savor the moment, knowing these moments would soon end.
 
The last few days he was alive I would hold him in my arms, tell him he was my special big Jack kitty-cat, and I would tell him how much I loved him.
 
The morning I was going to put him to sleep I held him in my arms and while crying I told him how sorry I was that he was going to die.
 
The last few hours of his life when he was laying on the chair next to me I put my hand on his body and wondered how I could enjoy him more while he was here.  I wanted to somehow absorb enough of his presence to last a lifetime.
 
I have discovered that even if you know when a loved one is dying, you can never say enough or spend enough time with them to feel after they are gone that you have done enough.The hurt is still as deep, the loss is still as profound.  
 
I don’t know if this means anything but I thought I would record it here.  I only know at this moment that I am totally heartbroken that my very special friend is gone.  Yes, I know he was just a cat and it might seem silly but he was almost like a brother to me.

 Sunday, March 9, 2014 – 13:30 – New blog!

This is just a short entry to add a new blog for a new year.  I am not feeling very well and don’t want to work on this much but I had some time and thought I would at least get this entry in here.  Yes, I am still alive and well.   😀