## Thursday, September 10, 2015

### The current situation was an all hands on deck situation. Service tickets were pulled, phone calls were made and then the Tuesday after the holiday, an onsite was established with the storage tech, our IT personnel, and myself. Four people in a two person office, sitting in the office furniture not made for butts. A whiteboard is not fully and effectively being used. Not a single "I told you so". Just brain dumps. Two slashdots banging out on a keyboard. Now, my personal issues, here at work or when contracting, I'm a bit nervous and feel under-skilled sitting in a room of slash\backslash\dot\bracket types. What I did notice is that they, the slashdot guys where stabbing in the dark like I usually do, it was just being accomplished with a different vocabulary.

This is that exact moment when "You don't have to know what you're doing, you have to ask the right questions".

## Friday, July 24, 2015

### Turn a screenshot from a computer into usable text.

Argh! Not Pirate Argh, Charlie Brown Argh!

I'm so tired of processes that by their very nature do not lend themselves to simplicity. Open a jar of peanut butter, twist, spin, PBJ, happy tummy. (Ya tummy, I'm a father of a daughter, that makes it okay.)

There have been spans, literally, that I've wanted to cross. Logic say's "that's not a good idea." However the boy in me said if you take a string across, then a small rope, eventually you can get a cable across there and make a zip line. This was back in the 70's when it wasn't called a zip line; rather it was a way pirates used their belts to go from ship to ship on TV and Batman was just making it cool.

I work in technology. I help solve problems with workflows and discover detail that get's missed that "shouldn't be" the issue BUT usually are.

Today, I only want to point out that there are SIMPLE ways to cross a span and the best part is the rope has already been strung, you just have to find it and use it to cross over.

I rec'd a screenshot of a computer interface log. (Yes, I silently bitched that the sender didn't actually send me text from the log.) It is for them that I am pounding this out today.

Here is the screenshot that I was supplied with.

I did obfuscate the first column and the rest you can see has dates, times, etc.

Why would I want to retype all the data? Even though it is a small amount, there's a simply way to do most anything, you just need to break it down to steps that are manageable. I think that it's part emotional intelligence and logical adaptation.

I took the screeshot and using MS Paint saved it as a JPEG. Once saved I uplaoded the JPEG to this online conversion tool and created a PDF.

http://convertonlinefree.com/ImageToPDFEN.aspx

Here is what I got back.(This is a screenshot of the PDF so I could cover the first column with a comment)

I then went to a FREE, that's correct another FREE online conversion tool. From here I uploaded my PDF to the ONLINE OCR and viola, I rec'd the text from the logs that started out as a picture.

http://www.onlineocr.net/

Here is what the page looks like and you can see the text dump in the bottom. From there you can copy and paste to a document that you create or download a document type of your own choice.

Quite honestly, one of the least hassles I've gone through to cross a span landing safely for a swashbuckling sword fight with ok..argh as in pirate, not Charlie Brown...but if you saw me, you'd think, yup...this guys is Charlie Brown.

So use this rope to cross the creek to move on towards what is really important.

BTW you do have to format the text. I copied my text and put it into a word document. Then I used "find" and used "replace" by leaving the replace window blank, thereby deleting the text that I didn't want.