Inspiring: My Secret of Success and Some Pointers or What’s the Deal about Dale?

My History

The back story.

Growing up in Southern California seems like it was a lifetime ago. Like looking into a pond and seeing a reflection, you see things around you, but they seem like a shadow. They are real but untouchable.

My early 20’s I spent working as a Union employee for the service industry. My work ethic was always strong and I tried to take on every task like I was doing it for God. I always excelled in my positions. Then after a store closing and a layoff, I got a job sweeping floors and preparing shipping labels for a precision sheet metal fabrication company.

After just a year I had worked my way from that position to run a precision sheet metal sheer then as an NC punch press operator. I went to school at nights to study basic engineering and worked my way to the office where I did order entry, learned job design, planning, and NC programming. On my off hours for a hobby I studied computer programming, it was new at the time and the only PC’s were TRS-80’s, K-Pro, or Commodore 64’s.

Old Faithful in the 80’s, I wrote my first stock graphing software entering the stock share price from the WSJ every day.

The one thing about learning computers (the hardware and software) was it came very easy. It felt like I knew things already and was eager to learn more.

The owners of the precision sheet metal company had me develop a new work order entry program, which traced jobs from the time of the initial start all the way to shipping. It was a very exhilarating  feeling to see something you created actually being used. My ex-wife had a job as a medical biller and through her I got a consulting job creating an admitting and billing program for the Home Health agency she worked for. I remember charging them just $500.00, but eventually, they wanted to resell the application and asked me to come on board to work onsite for updates and selling the software.

After a few years, I met the marketing director for a home health IV Pharmacy, and we became partners in a company to create a new Home Health, IV Therapy, and private nursing admitting and billing application. Once developed we sold it to a few companies. When one of the companies offered to hire me full-time I jumped at the chance and relocated to Texas.

Through a chance meeting, I met the financial secretary of a local Labor Union and began doing computer hardware maintenance for their office which eventually ended up with me creating a complete dues collection program for them.

As word got out I started creating a program application for the self-insured benefit offices to process medical claims for the Union members, and then a pension application that would calculate and process pension checks to Union pensioners and created an application for keeping track of students for the apprenticeship schools.

Several other consulting and computer applications were written along the way, you can see my LinkedIn page for a thorough history. But, the story isn’t over and to this point, It has been an amazing and exciting trek.

So What is the Secret?

Work for the right person.

The number one thing is to do your work as you would to the Lord, this takes the sometimes disappointment and misunderstanding of why things happen out of the way and insulates you from developing a bad attitude, especially when you might have a boss that’s less than kind or very demanding. Trusting God and working in the correct spirit is the most important. I’m not saying you have to be a fanatic, I’m saying you have to have a good attitude and trust what your doing has a higher consequence than what you may see. Even the most seemingly insignificant task is important and if you’re good at it, having the right attitude will make all the difference. This will also enable you to find your correct path, many times I’ve had to center myself back to this truth and once I do, things work out or develop into something even better.

Concentrate on what you are good at.

Sometimes we find ourselves doing a lot of different jobs, and there is usually something we enjoy doing instead of something else. Like the saying “If you are doing a job you enjoy, you’ll never work a day in your life”.

Forgive yourself.

Just as important as forgiving others. When we don’t forgive someone we make an imaginary bond with that person that will grow in intensity and distance. It’s the inverse square law (1/r²). It will eventually take over our thoughts, it can keep us from achieving our goals, happiness and clear thinking. It will rub off on others and our work. Until we don’t have a breath in our lungs we must forgive each other and ourselves. If we’re striving to be better, the journey is the education and we’re not finished.

I have a definite separation from work and personal life, NOT!

Be careful of fear, it lies.

It is easy to have self-doubt, to be timid in doing something we’re not immediately comfortable with. I’m sure there’s a lot of books written on this. But, what I would convey is this thought; every month when the house payment or rent roles around, I get anxious because of being self-employed and not having a steady income that I won’t be able to pay my house payment or rent. The reality is that I’ve been a consultant for 30+ years and in that time never failed to pay my house payment or rent. But, I have that fear. So, I have to trust that when I’m sticking to my basic rules that my goals will work out and they do. I know it’s easier said than done, but I have to put it on the list.

Having a life partner is important.

I’ve always been that type of person that tells everything about my day when I’m home (In fact, I’m often told I talk too much!). It’s important for me to share my experiences and get that comfort and caring that having someone who Loves you can give. It completes the package of going through everything day to day. Sometimes I get things wrong and having someone who cares to bounce an idea off of can make a difference and gives confidence.

My Personal Life.

Well, I can’t skip this topic with all the history. I have a definite separation from work and personal life, NOT!

I can say that I spend a lot of my time inside my head. I’m either working out a solution to a program, thinking about business development, or being silly crazy with ideas and nonsense.

Traveling I kept seeing Amish Jam, and Amish Furniture, so I thought “What about”…

I’m not an easy person sometimes and sometimes I blow off too much steam in unconstructive ways. I have issues like everyone else and I’m thankful to have my girl (KC) who has become a part of my life and me. She stays beside me and not behind me. Like programming, computers, technology, and living, things are ever changing and I hope that we can keep striving for better, keep changing and turning the tarnished areas into bright and shinning things. I have faith and with the help of God and her, anything can be possible.

 

I can map the drive by IP but not name

The Other Options Didn’t Solve the Problem

When I had the problem of being able to see a shared drive on the file server only by using the IP address and not the name I began searching the internet for answers, some workstations would see it by name and some wouldn’t. There is a mixture of XP, Windows 7, and Windows 10 machines on the network and some of each different type would connect while others wouldn’t. When I searched the Internet I found solutions about going to ‘Credential Manager’ (Control Panel, Credential Manager, Windows Credentials) and removing the saved credentials and that seemed to solve the problem for a lot of people, but not for me.

Back Story / How I got in this Mess

The machine that the file server was on crashed. The drive was fine, but the system itself stopped working. After tracing it to the motherboard I knew there wasn’t going to be a quick fix. This is a small company and they only have one other machine that is used as the SQL server, there old machines, but were pretty good when they were purchased years ago. Anyway, I needed to get this drive up as soon as possible, so not having time to get a new machine and do a bare metal restore, I took down the SQL machine long enough to install the file server drive into it. Then installed Virtualbox, and having the virtual computer use the physical hard drive of the server computer. Whala (voila if your french), file server is back online inside the SQL server box. (They both had similar hardware that aided in making this possible).

As we move ahead in time a few weeks, I built a new machine and kept the old server drive as a virtual drive except converted the physical drive to an actual virtual drive. My thought here was that later I can virtualize both of them (file server and SQL server) and come up with a clustering solution spread over a couple physical machines. So, after putting it all together on a new machine and firing it up suddenly not all workstations see the shared folder on the file server. This is where the trauma begins…

The Solution

I used Windows 10 for the pictorial solution, but, if your familiar with things, just un-check IP version 6 from the list of protocols from the workstations that are having the problem and things should work for you too.

1. First, right click on you network taskbar icon

2. Then when the settings window opens select “Ethernet”

3. Next Select “Change Adapter Options”

4. On the next window “Right Click” on the “network adapter” and select “properties”

5. Next, Un-check the IP Version 6 protocol and select “OK”

Conclusion

You can’t make this stuff up. Anytime when you least expect it something will happen. I handled this with very little user disruption. Even when the server crashed, the time back up was under 3 hours and when the IPv6 problem happened it was intermittent and I could handle most of that over the weekend. Need expert help with your network? In the Dallas / Ft. Worth Area, call me. 972.571.4808.

 

Computer Doesn’t Work Right After Adobe Update! What Gives!!

This is about the most exasperating problem that causes many of my customers problems. What happens is during an Adobe download or update (Acrobat (reader), Flash Player, and others) there is an additional download option to also install additional software. Sometimes it’s Google Chrome, sometimes it’s McAfee Security Scan Plus, and sometimes it’s both.

Yeah, so what’s the big deal?

Well, as you install software on your computer, you will somtimes receive a popup that the certain software requires that you allow it through your computers firewall. It will popup a box similar to the following…So, you click “Allow Access” and now that software can freely access any web-enabled features that it needs. Keep in mind, this could be any software on your computer that you have given special access to.

Here’s the deal…

By allowing (by default I might add) the download and install of “McAfee Security Scan Plus” it contains a firewall, and it doesn’t look at your current firewall settings, it just installs itself in front of it, with its “minimal” allowed configuration. What this does is disable many previous installed applications, and even your network, email, and many other programs.

Things just stop working

Yes they will. Don’t misunderstand, we need protection on our computers, and I think the goal of software vendors allowing other products to be downloaded with their updates is an effort for not only additional revenue, but help users safety. As an average computer user, we don’t see the unexpected consequences from what appears an innocent task, after all you just want your software updated.

What can I do, how can I fix it?

The most important thing you can do is pay attention to what your downloading. We often click “License agreements” and “Privacy polices” and honestly never read there 50 page content. Don’t assume that just because its a big company that they are looking out for your best interest. If you just did a software update and things are not working correctly check your firewall settings, check for any software installed that you didnt expect or don’t know about.

I’m here to help

If you are in the Dallas / Ft. Worth area, call me at 972.571.4808, I offer a $75.00 flat rate computer check-up.