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Tax time is here again

Tax time is here again, but thankfully I’m already done the work necessary thanks to SimpleTax. All I have left is to file this year’s tax return via Netfile on the twentieth of this month, and then wait for this year’s tax refund to appear in my bank account. 😉

I’ve already decided to put the lion’s share of the return into my savings account towards my goals (most importantly launching Gate 90 Marketing Inc next January). I’m also going to make a one-time payment on my credit card to help reduce it as much as possible.

Another new savings goal of mine is a computer to act as a server for my own blog. It’s going to cost me around $2,700 after shipping and GST for the parts, plus another forty bucks or so for an account at NoIP to ensure my domain name points to the server. I likely won’t do this though until I have my own house due to the lack of free power jacks currently in my apartment. I will rent space from my company on it’s VPS for the blog after it launches until then (and let the company run ads on it as well).

I am thankful I don’t work until five this evening, but I still have other things to get done before I have to leave for work. Take care until the next time! 😉

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It’s nice to have a day off work…

It’s nice to have a day off work when I don’t have to rush about trying to get stuff done in a hurry. Today I can just relax and work at my own pace on my own projects. I’m planning on playing some Sims 3 on my Playstation 3 later while my roommate is at… Continue reading It’s nice to have a day off work…

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I’m expecting the first part…

I’m expecting the first part of my order from Staples to arrive sometime today via Canada Post, so I’ve asked my roommate to keep an eye out for the package as I have to work an afternoon and evening shift today at work. I’m expecting the card reader and the microSDHC card and adapter, and when I get that in my hands, I can put NOOBS (New Out Of Box Software) onto the card and have it ready for when the rest of the order arrives and I have purchased the keyboard and mouse on Friday during my afternoon and evening shift that day during my supper hour.

I’m planning on using a wireless keyboard and mouse combo for the Raspberry Pi PC because it has limited USB ports and doesn’t power devices attached to them unless they are connected via a powered USB hub. It’s also the reason why I’m using my external 2 TB drive for extra storage, as it gets power from a power adapter that plugs into a power outlet and not the USB port like my other external hard drive which is powered by the port (not to mention it’s also way bigger in storage capacity). 😉 Down the road, I may look at purchasing a powered USB hub to work with the Raspberry Pi, but for now, I am good.

Got to go get ready for work soon, so take care until the next time I post here! 😉

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My Raspberry Pi should be operational…

My Raspberry Pi should be operational for use as my day to day computer by the twentieth of this month at the latest. Wal-Mart canceled the order of the kit, so I had to buy the parts individually at Staples’s online store and I will be picking up the keyboard and mouse combo from the local Wal-Mart where I work on payday. It is a bit more work since I have to put NOOBS onto the micro SDHD after I get it, but that shouldn’t take me that long as I have already downloaded the zip file with it to my external hard drive.

I’m looking forward to having it, as it means I will get a bit more privacy and security around my files and the projects I am working on. That alone makes me very happy to know that. Also, I will not have to wait to use the computer if I need to do anything anymore.

Now, I need to go and get ready before leaving for work so I will wish you all a good day. 😉

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My Raspberry Pi isn’t here yet…

My Raspberry Pi isn’t here yet and according to the Wal-Mart order page, it hasn’t even shipped yet. I sent an email asking about when it would be shipped when the expected date of arrival at my place was today. Hopefully, I will get some answers soon on this as I am looking forward to its arrival.

After I’m done eating my brunch today, I will be taking my shower and getting ready to go out. I have to go to the bank and then go do my laundry at the laundromat. Just another good reason to save up the money I need to build my own home one day.

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I should receive the Raspberry Pi…

I should receive my Raspberry Pi kit by the sixth. Hopefully, I will receive the email with the tracking information for Canada Post tomorrow if that is the case. I am looking forward to having my own computer to work on, and the privacy it will afford me. I am planning on moving my external 2 TB hard drive to the new computer, as I am going to ensure that all my files that I need are on it – financial documents, photos, music, etc.

The only reason I will have for returning to use this PC is either to record some audio or do some other task that the Raspberry Pi is not able to perform. However, I will not be playing any more games on this PC and will in general not play PC games until I build my new gaming PC after I launch my company in 2019.

Now I need to hurry off and get ready for work, so until the next time I post, take care! 😀

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I’d Like to See

I would like to see developed an open-source alternative to Adobe’s Flash Player. The main reason is because Adobe chose to no longer update the Linux version of the Flash Player, and much content on the web relies on the Flash Player. Another reason is that I prefer open-source software on my computer rather than closed-source.

I figure it could be reverse-engineered to be compatible with Adobe’s version, and if I had a company with programmers on staff, I’d assign this as a project to them and then offer the resulting software free to the community. Unfortunately this is not the case so I am posting this today hoping that someone in the community who knows a lot more about programming than I would be willing to spearhead such an endeavor.

I need to let my roommate use the computer for a few minutes, so I’ll wish you all a good day, and if you watching the 2016 Grey Cup today, enjoy the game! Go Calgary! 😉

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Purchased the Raspberry Pi 3 Kit Today

I purchased the Raspberry Pi 3 Kit and a 19″ TV to act as the monitor for it today from Walmart.ca and I got my Associate Discount on both items as well as free shipping. I can expect the TV first around November 30th, and then the kit around December 6th.

Today, I am planning to do some reading and start work on a non-fiction book I will be calling “Reasonable Philosophy”. It will be in the format of a teacher and two students discussing various topics, but the teacher and students will be made up although what they are discussing will be truthful and serious. I am planning on selling the book through Smashwords.com and then later through my company’s marketplaces on the social networks it will be running.

Now I need to go have some brunch and get started on the rest of my day, so take care! 😉

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I have decided to not self-host…

I have decided to not self-host my blog, but to wait to transfer it until I get my company up and running. I will then host it on my company’s rented server and pay $10/month so that I don’t have to use company advertising on it, but be able to advertise my way. This will… Continue reading I have decided to not self-host…

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Two to three weeks…

It is two to three weeks until I have my new Raspberry Pi PC up and running here. That time includes waiting for the credit card payment to go through, and the shipping to my apartment from the Wal-Mart warehouse that my online order will be shipped from. I’m looking forward to having a computer that I won’t have to share, and will be secure when I’m not around it for my sensitive files. (The one thing I can’t figure out how to do on Linux is create a password protected encrypted hidden drive. I’m a bit paranoid about security, especially when I’m working on projects.)

I’m also looking forward to seeing how the Raspberry Pi edition of Minecraft differs from the normal PC version, as well as learning how to program using Scratch, Python, and BASIC. I may also work on brushing up my PHP and HTML skills, so that I can help create plugins for my future company’s websites.

Gotta take off now, as I got a lot of stuff to do today as it’s a day off work! 😉

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I will be eventually hosting my blog…

I will be eventually hosting my blog on my own web server powered by a Raspberry Pi 3 with a 3 TB external USB hard drive for the storage. Doing so will allow me full control over the look and content of my blog including advertising (which is limited on WordPress.com). I will also be setting up a second Raspberry Pi as my secondary computer (mostly for web browsing, but I will also be trying out Minecraft Pi Edition on it) in my bedroom, where I think I will be housing the first one as well.

I had considered using a Raspberry Pi as my web host for my business, but discarded it for two reasons – cost and the fact I need to start two websites when I launch my new business venture. Sociable Gamers Media Inc. would not be as profitable as I think it will be if I had to use an outside advertising agency to show ads to guests and free members, which is what I want to cut out. No middle man for ads means more profits for my company in the long run, and more control over what ads are run to keep Sociable Gamers a family-friendly community.

I need to get ready for work today, so take care until the next time I post! 😉