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January 2017

A few things have changed. I reactivated my Republic Wireless phone line to their Wifi Only plan. This is about $10. Since I terminated the relationship with the previous psychiatrist, I had to look for another resource to address my social anxiety. It doesn’t seem as anything I do have been very successful.

On the second week of December, I went to a new clinic which I had an assessment, and they informed me that I should get a new therapist and psychiatrist anywhere between 1 and 3 weeks. I am also to call if I don’t get a new appointment by the 31st.

I also seem to be having problems with Puretalk (a cellular provider). I received my SIM card at the end of the first week, but either the service activation, or the SIM card failed to provide me with service. This has led to a change in my initial plans while I tried to get the problem resolved.

November 2016

Still been having some issues with dealing with crowds. My pain psychologist has suggested speaking with my representative at the community center which I have done. I didn’t expect much, and while she tried to help, didn’t give anything I hadn’t tried already.

Acquired a new Windows 10 PC which is functioning reasonably well, and a Chromebook PC. My goal is to see if I can get everything (or most things) done on a Chromebook which should make future PC acquisitions easier. The Windows 10 PC is a laptop/tablet hybrid and actually works nicely. My main gripe is the lack of an SSD, and no apparent means of upgrading the hard drive.
Continue reading November 2016

October 2016

Not much happened in October. I seen my psychiatrist which has been impotent in his desire to help me with what I see him for. Also signed up with the food bank associated with the community center I joined. While this will mean I will have to take two buses, it also means no waiting in lines, and the issues I had with the more local food bank is reduced. Not much else has been going on. My sister sent an SMS but she has been unreliable in communicating and when she does, it is always about her.

No plans for November. I noticed an increased in my Amazon credit line which will likely mean I will replace my worthless notebook, and consider trying to move everything to Chrome based systems for future use. There is hardware that will only work on Windows, so I will need a Windows machine for that at the very least. Will just have to make due with or without.

August 2016

This month could have been better. Not much happened. I acquired an iPad Mini 2 which in most instances performs inferiorly to my former Nexus 7. If I had a choice between the two, it would have been an Nexus. I got a new counselor with the community center my pain psychologist recommended. I will have an initial appointment with her in the second week of September. Got a new wallet which will reduce the bulk that I would otherwise carry.

Someone asked if I will take their dog for a couple of reasons. I told them I and Malak will have to meet with the dog, and a few things will need to happen first. I was supposed to meet with the dog on one of the weekends late in the month, but never happened. Continue reading August 2016

June 2016

A bit of things happened this month. I have a couch sitting in the middle of my center room as I can’t get the help to move it out right now. I seen my anesthesiologist in which they replaced my NSAID that wasn’t doing much with another NSAID, and a muscle relaxant. I also am now being prescribed a new Anti-Anxiety medicine which will likely take a month for it to work.

I went to the food bank in the third Wednesday which is the only day they distribute. I got a good quantity of meat which is a good thing. Along with what I bought with food stamps, should hopefully support me through until my food stamps for July comes through. Continue reading June 2016

Why I Surrendered Talisa

For those that know me knows I had a female Blue Doberman that I had for more than 4 years. She was a very important part of my life and as cliche as this would sound, she has always been there for me. However, in September, she has broke in a serious skin problems. With that being said, and with the fact that I only get $750/month (Poverty is about $1,000/month for a single person), it was hard to get her into the vet’s office now. When she got into the vet’s office, she was prescribed steroids, and anti-biotics which if it wasn’t for the assistance of a local person who felt for the issue at hand, it would have been just as much of a challenge to get her prescriptions filled. This lasted for about a week after her last steroid, and then she started to get her skin irritation again. Considering that any channels I had to get the resources needed to get her in for testing has failed – I had two choices.

  1. Keep her, and then eventually she suffers without the care she needs
  2. Surrender her to a resource where she can get the care she needs

Continue reading Why I Surrendered Talisa

May 2015

Not much happened this month. I had an appointment with my anesthesiologist, and since finding a doctor of his recommendations on my own has been unsuccessful, I had ask for his referral. In turn, he is referring me to the the previous office that I had dealt with that I wasn’t in approval of that anesthesiologist. Thankfully, this will not be the reason I will go. I have an appointment in the first week of June, but personally not sure what talking about my pain will do – but I trust my doctor (or I wouldn’t be with him), so I am going to give this a neutral attempt.

Nothing else happened. I bought Xavier (my youngest nephew) a tablet, which was a 2 for 1 special. I kept the second one which in my opinion has been less than suitable. I will be writing a review on it later in June. Otherwise, not much else happened in May.

Technology Posts Returning

A year ago, I decided that not everyone would want to see technology related content on my site. After almost a year, I hadn’t seen much change in feedback or other notations for the change. So, as of June 10, 2015 – fsp.technology will be terminated, and not renewed. The postings from there are being imported into this site which will reduce the number of sites with my content by one. The site will also redirect to this page until the domain name expires which the domain will be removed from my Hosting records.

The decision of this change is to reduce costs as the registrar fee for .technology domains don’t warrant the benefit of the domain name.

April 2015

Not much happen this month. I had went to a couple of appointments – both of which were a waste of time. When I see my anestesiaologist in May, I will get recommendations from him. Also, a couple of domains of mine expired, and I will not be renewing them. This is to reduce costs. Not much else happened this month. The dogs got a long walk, but hadn’t got them on as many as I wanted too.

In May, I will have a doctor’s appointment which I will of course go to. Otherwise – very little is planned for the coming month.

First Impression – HP Envy 4500 MFC

HP is known for making computers, but they also manufacture printers. The HP Envy 4500 All in One Series printer is one of those. I referred to it as an MFC in the title because MFC is typically recognized as Multi-Function Center. The printer is 15lbs (package weight). It supports Wifi-N (rather than AC), and has a USB port which it also came with a cable. The MFC can handle copy, print, and scanning. Being an inkjet printer, it can also support photo printing. The printer uses the HP 61 series ink cartridges which I haven’t yet viewed the price of them, but as with all ink cartridges, I expect that I will be raped with the prices. The packaging also comes with a CD which wasn’t used, nor should a CD be needed. Black Print Speeds is 8.8ppm and I will expect half that for color. There is only paper tray, so there will be no loading of different paper sizes easily. Not only does the standard network printer capabilities are supported, but so is Air Print, Cloud Print, and ePrint. The tray handles up to 100 pages with a 30 sheet output. There doesn’t seem to be any native Linux Support.

I bought this printer because I have found myself needing to print documents. Beforehand, I would copy the .pdf files to a dedicated thumb drive, take a bus to Downtown, walk to the FedEx Office, make my prints, walk to the bus stop, wait 45 minutes, and get on the bus home. If I forgot to print anything, I would then cuss at myself. However, while there were cheaper printers, I wanted one that would support Cloud Print.

Cloud Print is a protocol developed by Google that would allow compliant printers to be able to receive print commands from any authenticated user no matter where just as if it was a network printer. Obviously, as being developed by Google, this authentication is your Google ID, but nonetheless, it is a system. I could in turn for example give my brother authentication rights. Now, when he is using a resource supporting Cloud Print, he could simply just print, and my printer will print the document.

The Good

The printer seems to perform quickly, and at least on the LAN side – reliably. The printer was cheaper when purchased through Walmart than at HP’s Web Site. Also, I was able to pick up the printer on the same day, and while the Walmart Associates weren’t as quick as they should have been, this had nothing to do with the printer.

The printer also seem to have come with a full cartridge which is a welcomed change from when I last bought a printer that had a ¼ cartridge. During the set up process, I received a claim code which is actually the UID of the printer’s ePrint Address. I simply signed up for a HP Connected Account, and enter the UID. At this time my printer was “connected”.

The Bad

While HP did a good job of minimizing waste packaging, they could have done better. Included in the package was a USB cable which was unnecessary. Most people will likely agree as most people with newer printers are probably using them as network printers. It would have made more sense to replace that USB port with an RJ45 port. Next is the CD. Most people are likely to have an Internet connection and could have simply downloaded the latest version of the software for that OS right from the web. Better yet, this printer supports cloud print. One should just have to download Cloud Print Drivers, and use the printer’s screen to get that unique ID, and get connected that way. I simply shouldn’t have to download, install and mess with bulky software to just set up and use the printer.

The Ugly

Within a few hours of starting the printer, it refused to connect with HP’s servers. I had followed HP’s support options, and nothing. After giving up for the night, and conceding that I would have to call HP the next day, everything worked which led me to believe it was a server side problem. If HP has my email address (to register to set up ePrint), they should have told me that Internet capabilities wouldn’t be running due to down server. Would that have been too much to ask?

My Impression

Most of the negative is more of the legacy structured thinking that seems prevalent. I am treating the connectivity issues as the unlikely misfortunes of timing. And hopefully with Cloud Print set up, I won’t need to go through HP Connected restarting if it does happen again. So far, initial impression on the printer is good. Yes, I am sure there are better, but there are definitely worse too.