So you wanted to know what it's like to work in a NYC subway tunnel

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NYC Transit released some videos that show the damaged caused by Super Storm Sandy and what is being done to repair that damage.

 In the second video the real action starts around the 2 minute mark. In one scene the worker is using a power hammer on the tunnel ceiling. Imagine if he poked a hole in that ceiling? Hello East River! (not really possible I would imagine).

If you've ever taken a ride on a NYC Subway let's just say..it can sometimes be odorous. Imagine working in that environment for 8 hours with noise, dust, and god only knows what else.

Sandy Damage

Tunnel Repair


To my Dad...good-bye and may you rest in peace

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My dad passed away Saturday night after making the decision he did not want to have dialysis anymore. He was supposed to last 2 to 3 weeks but I got a call this morning letting me know he had passed away overnight.

He said he was tired and the pain was too much. I am having a hard time understanding that decision, but I realize I was not in his shoes and it was his decision to make. My dad and I didn't have the best relationship for the last 15 years or so. And it was not for lack of trying years ago.

I was going to try and put into words the pain in my relationship with my Dad but after writing a few words I decided instead that I am just going to say I will always try to be a better dad to my kids.

I will never play favorites.
I will always be there for them.
I will be there to spoil their kids like a grandfather should.
I will always love them unconditionally.

Dad, I have always loved you even though I said to myself I didn't care anymore. And maybe in your own way you did love me. May you find peace and happiness in your life after this world.


It's official. My son is smarter than me

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He's a game designer/programmer and he's graduating today. Now if he can only design the next Angry Birds....



Are you into 80's new wave/alternative music? Do you remember WLIR?

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If you've lived in the 80's and 90's and you were into new wave/alternative have I got good news for you. The premier radio station in the New York City area for new wave/alternative from 80's and 90's is back. And since it's online you don't have to live here to enjoy it.

I remember listening to WLIR both at work and at home back in the day. I was never a pop music sort of guy and the songs WLIR picked were innovative and ground breaking. All of the other stations in the New York City area were like regular radio - bland. Years ago there were forces in the radio industry working against WLIR. And unfortunately WLIR was no more. Oh yes, you can get this sort of music on Pandora but it still feels like something is missing. It's almost like services like Pandora are playing it too safe in their music selection.

So if you are interested you can find WLIR at

And from what I can tell it's available around the world so no worries if you're on the other side of the pond or other side of the world.


Does Bill Gates have nothing better to do?

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I recently became aware of an initiative by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation to track student information. The merits of such a system could be debated but what cannot be debated is the fact that not one New York City parent was asked, or even told, about this use of their child's data.

Some of you may say that the age of privacy is gone with Social Media, etc being all the rage. This issue has nothing to do with Twitter, Facebook, etc. When I choose to use these services I do so willing and with the knowledge I am giving up some privacy in exchange for use of the service. In the case of the inBloom database I did not consent to having private information about my child used.

As a parent I believe it is my choice as to what my children's data is being used for except for official New York City Board of Education purposes. Obviously the New York City Board of Education has the obligation to use this data to track my children's progress as they move through the grades. Call me a curmudgeon but I have an issue with a government agency freely giving out my children's information to a non-profit or any other type of  entity.

Ah you say "Well it is non-profit. Why make a stink about it?"

Even though it is non-profit that does not preclude them from allowing for-profit companies from obtaining/using the data. They don't even guarantee that it will be secure (It's run by a Rupert Murdoch company - need I say more?)

"Local education officials retain legal control over their students' information. But federal law allows them to share files in their portion of the database with private companies selling educational products and services. (emphasis added) "

"While inBloom pledges to guard the data tightly, its own privacy policy states that it "cannot guarantee the security of the information stored ... or that the information will not be intercepted when it is being transmitted."

Here is what information is being used/collected

Name, address, Social Security number, attendance, test scores, homework completion, career goals, learning disabilities, and even hobbies and attitudes about school.

See screen shots of the data here

I have reached out to my local elected officials. Only time will tell what becomes of this issue. But I am not holding out much hope.


Notes/Domino job opportunities for 2012/12/28 (16 entries)

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Until I get the feed/site issues worked out I will be posting the LotusJobs updates here. Sorry for the inconvenience

Notes/Domino job opportunities for 2012/12/28 (16 entries)


Notes/Domino job opportunities for 2012/12/26 (12 entries)

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Until I get the feed/site issues worked out I will be posting the LotusJobs updates here. Sorry for the inconvenience

Notes/Domino job opportunities for 2012/12/26 (12 entries)


Windows 7 issue running under Linux KVM

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I recently ran into a problem where all my Windows 7 vm's running under Linux KVM would start and then crash before the Windows login screen. All the other vm's (Windows 2008-2003, Windows XP, various flavors of Linux did not have an issue. I keep up to date on all patches on the host and the vm's so I figured it had to be something that was updated. I am still not sure which side of the equation is to blame but suffice to say, after much trial and error, I found by disabling the Windows "Power" service in Safe Mode I was able to boot the Windows 7 vm's.

Very descriptive name right? The description is "Manages power policy and power policy notification delivery.". Since I am not concerned about power policy on test vm's disabling it should not be an issue for me. Your mileage may vary

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Lotus Notes and Tripit

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I am not sure where Viktor found the fix but it appears the fix with Tripit and Lotus Notes calendar feed is simply changing webcal:// to https://.

I also don't know what changed to cause this issue tooccur when it had been working for as long as I have used the TripIt service. Sad to say Tripit support has been no support at all


Phone Spam and Telemarketers

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If you are like many Americans you are probably getting a bunch of spam phone calls even though you maybe on the FTC's Do Not Call list. To say the Do Not Call list is a joke would be an understatement.

You can normally tell a spam phone call by the Caller ID such as

Toll Free Call
Name Unavailabl
(000) 000-0000
Account Services
Credit Card Services

These are just some of the many fictitious names used by phone spammers.

I was barraged with the same number for 4 days straight all approximately the same time. I sometimes use 800notes.com to do look-ups and see if a number is legitimate. Well in this instance it looks like I found at least one reason why these spammers persist even though many times the call is never answered. I found a link on 800notes.com that explains at least one reason why we get these calls

Obviously it's for the money but not for why you might think. Look at the third section down to find out the answer

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