Author: Michael Strejcek

Best Non High Efficiency (HE) Washing Machine, Speed Queen!

The Conflict – My Old High Efficiency Washing Machine When I purchased my house I purchased a high efficiency washing machine from one at the local big box stores (Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, Sears, etc) in the middle of the price range.

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Are You Compensated Like the Top 1% of Engineers?

Neither am I… Each year I see reports on the highest paying entry level jobs and engineering disciplines are always near the top of the list.  Early in my career I watched my salary grow significantly;  however, now as an

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Do Olympians Have Olympic Sized Libidos?

More than 11,00 athletes from 206 nations are competing in the 2016 Summer Olympic games in Rio (and 5 nearby cities) between 8/3 & 8/16.  The Olympic committee only provided 450,000 condoms for the 11,000+ athletes. This equates to roughly

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BatchGeo Map Location Marker Tag Information Extraction

I recently stumbled across a map embedded on a website that contained the contact information of several consultants across the United States and I wanted this extract this information into a tabular form. I reviewed the site’s HTML and discovered that the embedded map

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Microsoft Outlook Rule to Archive Meeting Request Responses

I’ve been scheduling (and rescheduling) a lot of meetings in Microsoft Outlook lately and I’ve grown tired of continually moving everyone’s responses to the meeting request (Accepted, Rejected, Tentative) from my inbox.  I’ve also found that if I’m too diligent

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Why I Dropped the Verizon Smartphone Total Mobile Protection Plan

I recently received a update to my Verizon Smartphone Total Mobile Protection Plan that made me re-evaluate whether it is worth it. The plan has become more expensive (from $10 to $11 / month) and the deductible was raised (from

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Remove a Picture’s Background in PowerPoint

At some point you may want to remove a picture’s background in order to isolate or accent the subject, remove distracting details, or have some fun and place yourself in fun or amusing locations.  For example, below is a picture

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Create a Microsoft Windows Keyboard Shortcut to Any File or Application

A Microsoft Windows keyboard shortcut is extremely useful if you’d like to quickly open applications,  open files, or run scripts you use frequently. The following steps are used to set up a Microsoft Windows keyboard shortcuts. Right click on the

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Liars Dice Bidding Probability Calculation

Liars Dice is a game for two or more players.  During a hand, each player rolls a set of die (typically starting the game with 5 die per player) under a cup to shield their hand from the other players.

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Baltimore, You’re More Likely to be Murdered Than Raped

The FBI routinely compiles crime statistics from the 260 largest cities in the United States (with a population of 100,000 or more).  By calculating the number of occurrences per capita (per 100,000 people) from those statistics one can compare and rank

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