I’ve been using Evernote for a few years now and have enjoyed it’s feature set and the ability to plan and document a complex project (namely home/shop projects) with shopping lists, ideas, etc. But recently every time I attempt to use Evernote to create a quick note or maybe just jot something down, I’m presented with a request to upgrade to a pay plan, or to update or just general advertising. I can no longer just open it and create a note. Because of this, I have now backed up anything I need and uninstalled Evernote from all my devices. I guess I’ll have to use Google’s Keep or Microsoft’s One Note.

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I’ve been using Evernote for a few years now and have enjoyed it’s feature set and the ability to plan and document a complex project (namely home/shop projects) with shopping lists, ideas, etc. But recently every time I attempt to use Evernote to create a quick note or maybe just jot something down, I’m presented with a request to upgrade to a pay plan, or to update or just general advertising. I can no longer just open it and create a note. Because of this, I have now backed up anything I need and uninstalled Evernote from all my devices. I guess I’ll have to use Google’s Keep or Microsoft’s One Note.

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Merry Christmas!! I hope everyone is having a great holiday. I thought now might be a good time to look back over the year and review some of the technology I’ve dealt with. Surface Pro 4: Last year I got a Surface Pro 4 tablet. I started the process of switching to it instead of my aging MacBook Pro. While I REALLY like the hardware and how everything works there were just a few issues which got on my nerves so bad I couldn’t ever completely make the switch. As far as performance, I experienced about the same performance as my MacBook. It performed very well and was a solid machine,

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Merry Christmas!! I hope everyone is having a great holiday. I thought now might be a good time to look back over the year and review some of the technology I’ve dealt with. Surface Pro 4: Last year I got a Surface Pro 4 tablet. I started the process of switching to it instead of my aging MacBook Pro. While I REALLY like the hardware and how everything works there were just a few issues which got on my nerves so bad I couldn’t ever completely make the switch. As far as performance, I experienced about the same performance as my MacBook. It performed very well and was a solid machine,

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Well, Friday morning I retired the original keithstric.com server (replace server in this article with glorified PC). It was built in late 2001 with a Pentium processor (I think) or AMD Equivalent and 256MB RAM running SuSE Linux (back then it was probably Red Hat, but I changed to SuSE once Red Hat went proprietary). This server was the original home for keithstric.com and was only turned off for a short while after I got a new server with dual processors in which one of the processor fans promptly failed a few months later, followed shortly by the other one. This server was brought back and has served web pages, Lotus

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Well, Friday morning I retired the original keithstric.com server (replace server in this article with glorified PC). It was built in late 2001 with a Pentium processor (I think) or AMD Equivalent and 256MB RAM running SuSE Linux (back then it was probably Red Hat, but I changed to SuSE once Red Hat went proprietary). This server was the original home for keithstric.com and was only turned off for a short while after I got a new server with dual processors in which one of the processor fans promptly failed a few months later, followed shortly by the other one. This server was brought back and has served web pages, Lotus

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I would like to announce that I have officially accepted a postion as “Software Engineer” (Xprentice) with the geniuses over at Group Business Software. While it pains me to leave my current employer (Tek-Solutions, Inc.) and doing so was probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, the opportunity presented by Group is a great one and I’m honored to be able to be a part it. I look forward to a hopefully long future with Group and working with Nathan, Tim, Peter, Scott, Chris and the whole Group Team. Share This:

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I would like to announce that I have officially accepted a postion as “Software Engineer” (Xprentice) with the geniuses over at Group Business Software. While it pains me to leave my current employer (Tek-Solutions, Inc.) and doing so was probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, the opportunity presented by Group is a great one and I’m honored to be able to be a part it. I look forward to a hopefully long future with Group and working with Nathan, Tim, Peter, Scott, Chris and the whole Group Team. Share This:

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With the launch of the iPad yesterday I’ve read a little bit on it, not a whole lot as it really doesn’t interest me that much. However, at my previous employer I did a lot of work on disaster response applications. These applications were designed to run locally out in the field and when an internet connection was available (usually via a tether to their blackberry if signal was available) to then replicate to the company servers. While in the field the techs used a tablet PC running Windows with Lotus Notes to enter their data. We tried using a laptop but it just didn’t meet the requirements as they were

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With the launch of the iPad yesterday I’ve read a little bit on it, not a whole lot as it really doesn’t interest me that much. However, at my previous employer I did a lot of work on disaster response applications. These applications were designed to run locally out in the field and when an internet connection was available (usually via a tether to their blackberry if signal was available) to then replicate to the company servers. While in the field the techs used a tablet PC running Windows with Lotus Notes to enter their data. We tried using a laptop but it just didn’t meet the requirements as they were

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OK I’m currently sitting in the Orlando International airport waiting on my flight back home. But while riding the bus to the airport I was thinking about Disney. They really got it together on several fronts. Moving people from point A to point B. Once you’re in the Disney system, they’ll get you where you need/want to go in a fairly reasonable amount of time and with good service too Making Money. While watching the video on the bus Disney now has a Cruise Line, Adventure Vacations, Disney Land, Disney World, Disney Japan, etc, etc, etc. They do a very good job of marketing their vacations and services Feeding lots of

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OK I’m currently sitting in the Orlando International airport waiting on my flight back home. But while riding the bus to the airport I was thinking about Disney. They really got it together on several fronts. Moving people from point A to point B. Once you’re in the Disney system, they’ll get you where you need/want to go in a fairly reasonable amount of time and with good service too Making Money. While watching the video on the bus Disney now has a Cruise Line, Adventure Vacations, Disney Land, Disney World, Disney Japan, etc, etc, etc. They do a very good job of marketing their vacations and services Feeding lots of

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I came across Last.fm last week or so. It allows you to play music for free. There are apps for iPhone and Android so you can listen via those devices also. But you define your favorite artists across different genres and Last.fm will provide recommendations of music you might like. For example, if you make one of your preferred artists say Trace Adkins, there is a link called “Listen to Trace Adkins Radio” and that will play music from Trace Adkins and also other artists like Trace Adkins. It’s very cool and allows you to find music you otherwise wasn’t aware of. As tracks are played you have the option of

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I came across Last.fm last week or so. It allows you to play music for free. There are apps for iPhone and Android so you can listen via those devices also. But you define your favorite artists across different genres and Last.fm will provide recommendations of music you might like. For example, if you make one of your preferred artists say Trace Adkins, there is a link called “Listen to Trace Adkins Radio” and that will play music from Trace Adkins and also other artists like Trace Adkins. It’s very cool and allows you to find music you otherwise wasn’t aware of. As tracks are played you have the option of

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A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw Share This:

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A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw Share This:

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This year has been something else, both technically and personally and has been quite a ride. So without further ado and not in any particular order… The recession really hit home, with the new year both my wife and I labelled 2008 as the year from hell and that continued through 2009. We will get somewhat of a break come Feburary 2010 Got my first real smart phone, the T-Mobile My Touch. This is the greatest gadget I’ve ever owned and it gets used a lot (Thanks Baby!), not only as a phone but also an internet device, portal to all things Google, data modem in a pinch, game platform (makes

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This year has been something else, both technically and personally and has been quite a ride. So without further ado and not in any particular order… The recession really hit home, with the new year both my wife and I labelled 2008 as the year from hell and that continued through 2009. We will get somewhat of a break come Feburary 2010 Got my first real smart phone, the T-Mobile My Touch. This is the greatest gadget I’ve ever owned and it gets used a lot (Thanks Baby!), not only as a phone but also an internet device, portal to all things Google, data modem in a pinch, game platform (makes

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