Disaster Seminar 12 — But I Like Quick Books

April 22, 2019

I also liked Quick Books.

1. I used it for many years.

2. It was quite easy to use.

3. It worked only on my Windows machine.

4. There was no Linux Version.

Then my machine broke.

1. My version did not work on my new machine.

2. I scrambled to find a solution

3. Open Office proved to be the solution

a. There was a version for both Windows and Linux

b. The downloads were free of charge.

c. The files are identical on both machines.




The Purpose of My Blog

April 21, 2019

The original purpose of my blog was to provide me an easy
means of reporting my activity on my personally funded
research and development activities on error-free software
development methods.

I subsequently expanded the purpose of my blog to encourage
others to improve their skills by conducting their own
regular experimental process.

I became a software engineer in 1966 due to an experiment
that I had performed. I have never taken a course in
Software Engineering. You are encouraged to take a similar
path. If my tools can be of any benefit, they can be
downloaded free-of-charge from my web-site, http://www.whatifwe.com

My Comment Approval Criteria

April 19, 2019

Every day I receive between 50 and 100 comments requesting approval. There is only one of me managing the blog and hence must perform this function quickly and efficiently. To this end, each comment must:

1. Have a text message. For the most part, a comment with no text message will be deleted.

2. Be written in English using real words. I am not familiar with text message abbreviations.

3. Adhere to the basic principles of civilized behavior (I have had not problems with this so far).

4. Be consistent to the associated post and the purpose of the blog.

5. Be short. If it is over ten lines, I will delete it.

6. Not advertise any product, service or cause. I have been receiving a lot of promotions of solar panels for generating electric power which I have permanently deleted.
Thank You


April 18, 2019


The parts of this library were examined to see
if there were any difference in the error 
detection statements that need to be tested.

One untested error statement was found.  The
test file was modified to test this statement.

The cerification test of this library was
successfully performed.on the Windows machine

The next step is perform the verification tests
on the Apple and Linux machines.

The Computer Wisdom of Bugs Bunny

April 16, 2019
Do you remember the Bug's Bunny cartoon where he pops out of 
the ground in the middle of the desert and says "I think that 
I should have turned left at Albuquerque"? 

Mistakes always happen; some because of stupidity, some because 
of greed; some because the required knowledge was not available, 
and some because we are just human beings.

We are currently experiencing a great many security problems due to

The basic computer design that makes this possible has a common 
program and data buss.  Hackers can cause their program to be 
loaded on the target machine via this common buss.

In the late 1970's, there was a different computer design, the 
Harvard Architecture with separate data and program busses.  
This architecture cannot be hacked.

About 1985, the microprocessor became practical and the Harvard
Architecture became obsolete.

"Did we turn right at Albuquerque in error"?  I believe so. Could
we have avoided it? I think not. We could not have predicted the 

Should we re-vitalize the Harvard Architecture?  I think the benefits
would greatly out-weigh the costs.

Disaster Seminar 11 — Economical Software Solution

April 15, 2019

Open Source Software Products:

1. Downloadable free of charge.

2. Common applications are available.

a. Open Office

1. Word Processor

2. Spreadsheet

3. Presentation

4. Drawing.

5. Rough equivalent to Microsoft Office.


How Do I Make My Blog

April 13, 2019

There have been quite a few requests for advice onĀ “how to build a blog”. As you can see from my blog, I have prepared a lot of posts. Therefore, I have learned how to do it efficiently.

There are some simple rules for making your blog easy to prepare.

1. Have a well-defined purpose for your blog. For myself, my blog was a means of publicly documenting my research and development efforts.

2. Use a standard format. Then you can build a template which will greatly facilitate its preparation. I use my development software to write the blog.

3. Don’t get carried away with an artistic design. I use the free WordPress. I do not use any pictures; all I have to do is paste in the text.

Above all, I did not have to develop the blog web-site. Above all, recognize that every post you publish will be in the public domain forever. I have been very careful to put just enough information to identify and date my efforts but not to give away any proprietary data.

Hope that this helps.

My Response to Large Quantity of Comments

April 12, 2019
I am the only one managing the blog and hence 
have a limited amount of time to do so.

If there are less than 100 comments, I will examine
each comment to determine whether I will approve it
or delete it.

If there are more than 100 comments, I will examine
and approve comments according the following rules:

For each group of twenty comments, I will:
  1.  Find the first one that I can approve.
  2.  Approve the selected comment.
  3.  Delete the remaining 19 comments.

Thank You for your understanding.


April 11, 2019


The parts of this library were examined again
to see if there were any other statements that
have not been tested.  Emphasize was given to 
error detection.

There were two additional functional statements
that were not correct and had not been tested.
These two functions were corrected and tested.

The parts of this library will now be examined
again to see if there are any difference in the
error detection statements that need to be tested.

The Most Important People In Our Society.

April 9, 2019
Who are the most important people in civilized society?

Are wealthy individuals the most important people in our
society? No, they are not.

Are celebrities the most important people in our society?
No, they are not.

Do religious organizations contain the most important
people in our society?  No, they do not.

Are government officials the most important people in our
society?  No, they are not.

The artisans and highly skilled professionals are the most
important people in any civilized society.

Nothing of any value gets done without the participation
of these highly skilled professional.

WHATIFWE increased the number of highly skilled home-based
pioneering professional software engineers?