Dave’s List

May 15th, 2021
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

For weeks I’ve been working on moving an old community address list to an online version. When we first moved to our retirement community in Delaware residents could contact each other using a directory.

The directory, a Microsoft Excel file, was maintained by the first guy and his wife to buy a home here. Dave Levy maintained this list used by the homeowners association. Residents were emailed announcements from the HOA using the list. The list contained the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of each homeowner.

The list fell out of favor once a local politician gained access to send out campaign literatures. Also, many times the email sent out would show all the recipients in the TO: field. So anyone could send out unauthorized and unsolicited email. That was easily done by either copying/pasting those addresses into a new email to send out. Or even easier would be to REPLY ALL:

All homeowners were included in the list. Any new additions, updates, or deletes were handled by Dave.

The HOA then chose to use something called TownSQ(the developer basically made that decision.) After that a community directory, as we knew it, went south.

The HOA now requests residents to join TownSQ and give the option to put phone numbers and email addresses. Of course, most new residents ignore the options. And I feel that’s a huge mistake part of HOA. They should “encourage” people to enter that information. On two occasions I mentioned this during quarterly HOA meeting with all residents. The HOA’s stance is it’s an option and there are privacy concerns.

So I decided to take action and do what needed to be done. I repurposed an online directory I created while working at The Philadelphia Daily News before retirement in 2005. I decided to name this residents only online directory, Dave’s List, in honor of the guy maintained and maybe created the first one.

Tonight, I finished the mobile friendly version and decided to post what it looks like on a smartphone. It was originally designed for a desktop computer as there were not smartphones. The smartphone version of Dave’s List looks different than desktop version, which has an alphabet bar to simulate a rolodex. Smartphone version has a simpler interface.

Now my next huddle is adoption by newer residents. The HOA isn’t helpful as they want people to be on TownSQ, which is useless as a directory.

Old copies of Levy’s list are cherished by early arrivals here and they continue to use the last updated version from two years ago. One person told me that she uses the version from 15 years ago.

There’s a need and I plan to fulfill it.

Now my parting shot at the HOA: Dave’s List is hosted on my server, faircloth.org. To make it easy to remember internet address to Dave’s List I purchased a new domain name “heritageshores.org” When one enters heritageshores.org as the URL they are redirected to Dave’s List. Don’t let Google find it but enter into actual web address(URL) field in your browser. You should see a box requesting an ID and password.

Golf Carts Only Parking

May 8th, 2021
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

Or should that be “golf carts parking only?

A Little Rain Must Fall, but …

May 3rd, 2021
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

A little rain must fall, but that doesn’t stop serious walkers.

I’m Back In Business

May 1st, 2021
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

I passed my FAA Part 107 recurrent sUAS(drone) exam. This means I can charge a few dollars taking aerials for real estate agents.

My past license wasn’t current which meant I couldn’t do commercial jobs until I passed the exam. Once you pass an exam your drone pilot certificate is good for 2 years.

My Wife Got There First

April 29th, 2021
Photography by E.W. FAircloth

Being a good neighbor, took some pictures of items she will sell in town-wide yard sale. She has more stuff than God. For the past couple of years, some of her junk ends up in our house after yard sale. It was any difference this year. Yard sale is this Saturday but my wife bought $110 worth of my neighbors items today, Thursday. She tells me that the items would have cost so much much in a store. That’s true, if it was NEW merchandise.

The 4 pictures I took are going to be placed up on The Heritage Shores Journal, a Facebook page I administer. 95% of viewer are residents in my 55+ retirement community.

The picture were provided to help my neighbor sell her junk. I should have charged her.

Rose Jannuzzi Show

April 28th, 2021
Screen Shot

We have a location in our clubhouse for artist to display their work. It’s called Hall of Arts. After many months of closure due to COVID-19 it’s now open again. No opening receptions, masks must be worn and social distancing in effect.

Rose Januzzi is the featured artist to recent opening. She and her husband live here as other artists who display on these walls.

I placed as little announcement on The Heritage Shores Journal Facebook page, which I created and administer. I probably post more on FB than this blog recently.

I’ve found more people see my images on Facebook than this blog. Still. this blog has been up since 2007 and has been a journal of things I’ve found interesting.

I’ve Been Saved!

May 27th, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

The top picture was taken during a cruising event months ago. The bottom picture same image after having been enhanced by Adobe Photoshop. The driver was in shade of her car with the sun coming through the window. The grass was dull with the image being overall a little hazy.

After seeing the comparisons you can see, I’ve been saved again by Photoshop 🙂

Bingo, I’m the man!

May 22nd, 2020

With this COVID-19 thing going on, I’m not having problems finding fun projects at home while I “shelter.”

Months ago Dave, a friend who has helped me make a few other projects, gave me a inexpensive little music amplifier. OK, it was cheap being under a dollar. I wanted to build a magic wand for a set of grandchildren. Once completed it was suppose to flash lights and make sounds. The amplifier was needed to make louder sounds.

Then COVID-19 happened and our wood shop was closed down for health and safety reasons. My project was placed onto hold.

Since then my wife has needed a set of speakers for her desktop computer. She practices her exercise routines and needed a bigger sound than what comes out of her computer. Amazon.com sells what she needed for under $30 dollars in many cases. I decided save money and make what she needed using a tiny amplifier like Dave gave me.

Just before the wood shop was closed down I had ordered 5 similar items for about 8 bucks off Amazon.com. Each had an on/off /volume control switch. Since the project wasn’t going forward they had been sitting in garage for months.

I had everything needed so a new project was born.

After assembling wires and electronic parts the unit was tested. It worked and the only thing else needed was a case. After seeing what creative things some other makers have done I decided to use an old pill bottle to house everything. It worked out great, almost.

My testing had use a battery to power the unit. For some reason my USB powered unit didn’t work on Margo’s computer. So that meant it needed troubleshooting, and had to be pulled out of pill bottle. Once removed I noticed a wire wasn’t soldered correctly. OK, that gets fixed and it’s still not working. Troubleshooting again shows I destroyed the amplifier because the power polarity from USB cable was wrong. Out of the pill bottle comes everything again. Another new amplifier replaces the burnout one, everything goes back into pill case and BINGO, I’m the man! It works, finally.

Now for $25 bucks I could have avoided all the hassle and Amazon.dot would have dropped off computer speakers at my front door. But I had other plans.

For the cost of two amplifiers laying around in the garage, approx. $3. Everything else like the speakers, USB cable, tools and solder I already had around the house. Total time about 2 hours with all my mistakes. And let’s not forget a little frustration.

But it’s something I made myself and it’s one of a kind. It ain’t pretty but it sure does work.

To all the makers out there I give thanks to them as the inspiration to build something.

  • That’s a GF1002 amp bottom center. The amp didn’t come with a knob and one can be seen protruding out bottom of pill bottle. Also out of the top of bottle can seen a USB power cable, two wires leading to stereo speakers, and a stereo input cable.

Watch The Magic

May 11th, 2020

Nanu is name used by grandchildren for their grandmother.

That electric knife has been on a cabinet shelf unused for at least 10 years. It’s finally getting much use as Margo in using a bread machine which also hasn’t been used for at least 10 years.

Some positive things can happen even during a pandemic.

A Makeover

April 30th, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

The town of Bridgeville DE has a water tower which is now getting a makeover. OK, it’s only a new paint job.