Creating website buttons quickly using Microsoft Publisher VBA

File under: Automate Everything.

ABSTRACT: This is a simple explanation of how I use Microsoft Publisher to create web images – in this case buttons with a rollover effect. I’ve provided a downloadable publisher file with the necessary VBA code.

I’ll explain the CSS and HTML to make the rollovers happen at a later date.

The Cobbler and His Children’s Shoes

First, I should be automating a LOT more. My consulting company, Pulse Infomatics, automates documents, reports, and other stuff. I’ve been an automation fanatic for 25+ years (yeah, I’m that old). In fact, read my book, Building Your I.T. Career, and you’ll find that I suggest (strongly) that information technology has only two roles: Information & Automation. Automation is the one most often neglected in organizations and is easily the most valuable! Continue Reading →

Where I Belong – a song about overcoming adversity

In 2009, I was at the tail end of the worst of 2 years of depression, anxiety, professional malaise, feelings of failure, and more. I had lost nearly everything I owned in what I refer to as, “The Flood  of ’07!”

As that fog was lifting and I began looking forward, I wrote the following lyric over a simple chord progression.

Time keeps rollin’, Life is movin’ me on
Climb that mountain, Get back where I belong.. Continue Reading →

Number three graduates from basic and hiking past challenges

A couple weeks ago I visited Fort Benning, Georgia to attend my 3rd child’s graduation from basic training – US Army.

At Fort Benning with Chris

I wrote a little about “the boy” in “It’s On! and The Heart of the Child” – and I won’t go into much more detail at this point.. However, I’ll reflect a bit on the time in Atlanta and moments that I’ll remember. Continue Reading →

Facebook Messenger – Security, Privacy, and the Real Conversation

Should I Install Facebook Messenger?

ABSTRACT: This blog post covers security concerns over Facebook Messenger but also covers security, technology and philosophy/policy.


facebook messenger securityThis question – or something like it – has come up with clients and friends a LOT lately. Mostly due to Facebook separating functionality from their main app into two apps. The Facebook App (your timeline and stream of photos) and Messenger – an app focused on direct person(s) to person(s) chatting.

Articles have cropped out – most with an ominous tone of big brother watching you – due to “permissions” the application requests when it is installed. Continue Reading →

How to Use Google Drive to Record With Musicians Across The Internet

SUMMARY/ABSTRACT:
This article explains how to use Google Drive (cloud computing baby) to coordinate and organize recordings (musical collaboration) with other musician across the Internet.

Remote Collaboration For Musicians

Do you have an interest in collaborating with other musicians? I talk to a lot of artist who want to do just that. This tutorial explains the collaboration process and provides instructions on how to effectively accomplish this with Google Drive. Continue Reading →