Moving on to better things…

Hello people! It’s been a while since I posted on wordpress. I apologize for the long haul of non posting. I have transferred my energies to two things now (enclosed electric tricycle and chess), and have relinquished this IT pursuit. It hasn’t proven beneficial for me, and I don’t intend on getting several certificates to prove my abilities in the IT arena. I leave it for those who are more passionate about it, as I have lost my passion for it and am even getting tired of smart phones…

 

But all is not over… I have a new blog that you can follow that is coherent with what I am doing. eetrike.wordpress.com is my new blog.

 

Good night,

Steve

Do you even care?!?

Hello all.

I am continuing my test of Linux operating systems. I forgot to mention that I’m also looking to see which is the easiest to install java and flash on. Linux Mint 16 has a java derivative known as IcedTea. I’m a chess enthusiast and so I utilize chess.com to test for java as it allows you to play the computer via java. IcedTea gives some error which I haven’t figured out yet how to fix, nor am I sure I plan on fixing it since I have two other operating systems on my netbook that I can use (Only Lubuntu 13.10 has java installed though…). I feel this “research” is beneficial as I believe that although Bill Gates is still around, as well as Microsoft, that pretty soon their proprietary pushing on the public consumer may come to a screeching halt. For example, I don’t have to utilize Microsoft office in order to get a word document typed up, nor do I need Excel to make a spreadsheet. I believe there is even freeware for Powerpoint that can be utilized. I say all this because Android is very popular and doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. With freesourcing and freeware, I’m speaking for me now, why would I need to “buy” any proprietary software? I enjoy getting free stuff, and I don’t mind learning how to utilize it as I can get an updated version without coming out of my pocket. Sounds great right? The only detrimental thing that I continually find is that it becomes difficult in certain instances to install what would seem to be a simple program. More to come on that…

I recently went to the welfare office to check on the status of my case. I don’t know about the rest of the US, but I can’t get my foot in the door with any company. That is one of the main reasons I began my own. Having a unique company name with no previous clients doesn’t help… yet the beat goes on. I’m looking for new areas to pursue, mainly in the transportation industry. I have an idea to modify the current bicycle as we know it to make it useful for all 4 seasons that New York encounters. I’m working on the blueprint as we speak and I don’t know if I should just sell the idea to a company or if I should just produce the product via my company. It comes down to funding, and if I can find some people who want to fund the business and have a say in how the product is to be completed, I’m all ears. My main goal is to get the product into the market and it doesn’t have to put a gazillion dollars in my pocket. I have an Art background, and so I would just consider it one of my masterpieces should it come to fruition, which GOD allowing would be within 5 years. But at this moment money is almost nonexistent for me and I can’t even get a low paying job. I’m thinking should I just try and work for a fast food restaurant till something comes along and accept minimum wage? That sounds ridiculous as I was making around $45,000. I don’t mind taking a pay cut, but to be paid less than half of that sounds foolish to me…

Quote of the week: Eyes and brains, Watson. Eyes and brains.

tech issues, and life issues

Hello all!

I’m am still on my quest to test linux operating systems. I downloaded and installed two new OSs: Fedora 20 and Linux Mint 16. Regrettably I lost my windows XP with the Fedora install… It wasn’t showing the drive correctly and I thought I “knew” what I was doing. Note to all: backup data before trying! I take it as a blessing, although I lost many files. The memory was running low on my C: drive and I tried to create another partition to give it more space. I wasn’t allowed to as Windows XP can’t do it by default. I tried to used a linux operating system to make the C: drive bigger, but to no avail… So that means I have to move forward with Linux. The one thing I truly enjoy is that it’s open source and the programs are free! I remember even when I was younger I had a strong distaste in my mouth for windows products since one would be forced to upgrade or be faced with an obsolete product. I like free products, and I want to be able to give out free products as well in the future.

I’m officially getting SNAP now. I don’t know how it works as I given two different versions regarding the benefits (regarding how often I would be getting the benefits). In due time, GOD allowing I’ll know. So how does one continue a business when I’m stuck in a “Back to Work” program from 9-5? This hinders plans… I guess I would have to show them I have financial backing in order to be exempt from the program. I also was served with another eviction notice. I feel like a lawyer now I’m in court so much! Maybe I should study law. I have a new avenue regarding the business, and I’m excited yet I don’t know how to proceed. I need funding (as usual), but like the free operating systems, I have to find ways to get the resources and materials I need to make maquettes (small versions of the product). The product is a modification of sorts to bicycles. I can’t give any more information than that as I wouldn’t want someone to try to run off with my idea. Till it’s patented, no pics… :-(. I plan on putting it on kickstarter since I tried another crowdfunding website (I can’t even remember the name of it at the moment…) and I got nowhere. I mean I did get some funding, but it was from “family and friends”. I thought I would get donations from total strangers. I guess my staffing agency idea wasn’t the best. I believe I should be donations from strangers on my bike mod idea. I’ll give a hint: a bike where you can be protected from the elements! How does that sound?

Back to the linux operating systems: I am testing them out to see which would be best for public use. I appreciate Lubuntu 13.10 (which I’m currently using) and Slitaz as the latter allowed me to partition my former windows xp laptop. Remember that Apple uses a linux/unix based operating system, and android does as well. Much respect to Bill Gates as Microsoft is still in the game (albeit their operating systems tend to get worse and worse as they progress: does anyone understand why windows looks like a mobile phone and a desktop?) I believe the computer parts companies are in cahoots with Apple and Microsoft. I have an operating system (Lucid Puppy) that works with my not up-to-today’s standards netbook. It has a single core processor and 2GB of ram and would embarrass those with more specs on their laptops and perhaps tablets!

If anyone wants a new operating system on their tablet, let me know. I don’t mind installing heheheh…

My quote of the week: Humble yourself so that you can be exalted and state the obvious.
 

 

 

Something old, something new…

I’m glad to relay that I’m struggling to get into basic IT type work  (helpdesk, desktop support, etc.) in order to establish a name for Absium. It doesn’t seem to be working! It seems people are saying: What is Absium? I told my wife if I make a commercial that I would have that as the tagline: Absium? What’s Absium? The catch would be someone saying it with distaste about the name. My plan was to start low in the IT field with basic work to establish a name and then be a leading expert in cyber security. But I didn’t plan to do all the basic IT work, but have a staffing agency. I thought I was better at advertising other people than myself, but am seeing right now it’s the same thing. So it seems I am going to have to do major networking. In the meantime I was thinking of learning programming. But then I started to have this sense that I’m to be doing something else: inventing!

The invention already exists, and is a vehicle. Until I have some type of prototype I don’t know if I should relay it. Well, if it’s looked up, I pray I get the credit. I plan on revamping
bikes, mopeds and motorcycles. They already exist, but I plan on making them do what isn’t conceivable: stand on their own without a kickstand! More to come on that subject…

I am also into trying new operating systems and figuring out which ones are the best and which would be the best for the public. You guys heard of android right? What if you could have a quicker operating system with less load time and better utilization of your computer/laptop/tablet’s capabilities than android?? Who would be interested? So I plan on looking into it, not only for myself, but also to support the general public and even businesses. If you’ve heard of Fedora, then you know there are companies using something besides Windows and Solaris (used on Apple devices).

Well, it’s come to the point that I have to go on public assistance. I have to see if there are truly benefits and get back to you since I have to submit some more documents in order to ensure I continue to get benefits from Uncle Sam. If anyone has experience, please let me know. I’ve even gone to food pantries since I have to wait till PA kicks in. I’ve met some cool people and see their diligence in getting food from food pantries! To give an example, there’s a spot in the Bronx where the food is given out from 8a-10am. But people are there at 5am to get the ticket to come back to get the food! The first 100 people are served, so imagined how dedicated the people are to get that. And people know where to go on which day to rack up! That’s dedication and great project management?

Now in business!

I had the pleasure of meeting one of my clients to show a program that I had made on client’s behalf. They seemed impressed but when it was payment time, there was a severe delay. I am learning that happens in business, and one needs to have continual business in order not to let any money snags hold a company back. I am also excited at my opportunity to make funds to support my business through another avenue. Now the question remains that has had me puzzled since May of last year: do I go for A+ certification, or should I just go into programming? If any of you are familiar with CompTIA then you know that there are a plethora of certificates that can be obtained in the IT field and the A+ certification gets your foot in the door to get the others. I thought I was going to be able to borrow some money for the exam, but then I was under the impression that one payment would cover it, but there are two parts to the exam… I’ve been saying that I plan on taking the exam this month believing I will have the funds. That means I need to continue to study till the time is ripe. 

There are so many resources in NY to keep one busy and even “protected”. If you’ve ridden a train in NY and a person comes on saying they need money for food, you should know it’s a scam because the US is indeed a very wealthy country, and NY is one of the wealthiest in my opinion. I base my theory on the amount of rent that is required from tenants as my basis. In Manhattan alone, you can pay up to $3000 for a small studio. What makes it worse is there are people who can pay it and do just to have a certain zipcode! 

The one cool thing is that I’m learning about getting funding via the government. It appears many people know the “ways” of doing it. In retrospect, I can’t blame anyone as one can be forced to do so because of so much bureaucracy. 

I enjoy mental stimulation, and I haven’t found the ecstasy like feeling my brain felt that I experienced watching a Charlie Rose episode over a year ago when they were speaking of the intricacies of the brain! How ironic right? That was maybe the only time I experienced that. Maybe it’s like what the movies portray about junkies: it’s the first “hit” that is sought for continually but can’t be. I play chess, study chess, and even watch legendary grandmasters play and haven’t experienced that mental pleasure that I felt. I’ve done much studying and haven’t experienced that. 

My thought of the week: Be like a robot, and don’t let your emotions control you.

Still at it…

I take it I have no Linux fans heheh… Happy Late Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa to all! I am not a fan of Craigslist as I happen to run across many characters. But it appears you can get some gold nuggets from a lot of digging through dirt! Living in NY is becoming increasing difficult and people have to have a side gig just to get by now… It appears even getting into the IT industry is severely difficult as well. But I’m determined and have a passion for technology (as well as for chess). I am looking to buy or get for free all used and broken computers to work on. Perhaps I can even fix it and give the computer back to you for free with a new operating system installed if you so desire (Linux preferably, unless you have a windows CD available for installation).

Marketing is also extremely difficult in my opinion if you don’t have funding. It’s hard to get word of mouth advertising without heavy networking and “looking out” for others. I apologize for any who feel I don’t follow their blogs. I plan on trying to make a stronger pursuit on checking my fellow writers. Please note that I use my phone as a hotspot in order to post, and I believe that my be prohibiting me from posting frequently as I see the spinning wheel of death that continually says “Saving…”. It’s 2:37a in the morning and I don’t plan on running to a McD’s for wifi (Please note it was the Google Chrome browser giving difficulty.., it’s now 2:57a and I’m using Firefox). Please also note my frugality on spending much money on technology, and I try to fully utilize any and all technologies currently within my possession.

I look forward to speaking and working with you guys in the future.

I forgot my quote of the week with the last post.

“Enjoy the time that you spend on Earth, as time is extremely fleeting…”

Good day.

Loot, Linux and life…

Hello again.

I am going to write this entry almost like a diary entry, without giving too much

information that may have people looking to get to “know” me heheh. So, I am still in

the dilemma of being evicted, and I’m praying and believing it won’t happen. I have

sought government intervention to stop that from happening and am still in the process.

I am noticing that NY may be trying to raise their property value and are driving out

those who don’t make a certain amount of income. Tourists who come here are fascinated

by NY (maybe it’s the bright lights…), but I’m not. Some people have studios in

midtown and lower manhattan that run at perhaps $3000 for 200 square feet! That amount

of money can get you a nice place like a condo in a different state!

I’m also looking to get my foot into an IT job position. I didn’t know how much

competition there was for that! I was trying to establish a IT staffing agency, but it

appears I may have to help with the branding of the company by doing IT work myself. I

was trying to enter the IT field on a basic helpdesk or desktop support mindset with

hired IT personnel. But it is not working out like I planned. I do have a client who

needs a program made (which is currently being worked on…) and it would make sense

that I make a step in the programming arena since I want to focus on cyber security.

I have been doing some programming since I have been working with various linux

operating systems. Last week I was battling to get two linux oss installed and

operating, and that was a frustrating thing! I had to reinstall the same oss twice! It

was easy to install, but to make both of them boot was a different story! I searched

online and usually no one knows how to fix my situation. There are two variables:

either I don’t know how to do an appropriate search, or my specific case hasn’t been

solved. The cool thing from doing so much research is that I get a little tidbit here,

and a little tidbit there, and I’m able to figure out what I need to do to solve my

problem. I truly appreciate linux, but I see why it hasn’t hit mainstream. The cool

thing about it is it helps me to jump into programming, and so I may be able to figure

out how to be a great white hat hacker!

PS. I plan on trying to post at least twice a week. If you read my post, and I don’t

keep my word, feel free to put me on blast hehehe or send me a friendly reminder…

Good night,