Archive | July 10, 2015

New Hampshire: How Long Before You Receive Permanent Plastic Driver License After Online Renewal — 2015?

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by Anura Guruge


Related Posts:
>> Reader update, March 2013.
>> Original July 2012 post — 20 days.


2017 update HERE — Click.


I average 12 hits a day on my original July 2012 post
on how long it takes to get your permanent driver’s license
in New Hampshire — after an online renewal.

So I feel obligated to keep you all up to-date.


28 Days
in June — July 2015.

Deanna applied for her’s, online on June 11, 2015.

She received her plastic, permanent license on July 9, 2015.

28 days. So that took 8 days longer than it did with mine in 2012.

But there was 4th of July within that period. That would have added a few days.

But it is still way shorter than the 40 to 60 days they say — to be on the safe side.


First Clear Images Of Pluto (& Charon) Ever — Thanks To NASA’s ‘New Horizons’ Space Probe.

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Related Posts:
>> Next ‘Blood Red’ on April 4, 2015.
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Not looking good for New Hampshire.

>> October 8, 2014 lunar eclipse.

>> Oct. 17 astronomy presentation in Alton.

**** Check CATEGORY ‘Astronomy’ for other posts >>>>


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Click to ENLARGE and ENJOY here. From NASA. Use link below to access NASA pages.

Click here to access the NASA pages with this and other images.


In 2010 – 2011 when I was writing “Devanee’s Book of Dwarf Planets“, which covers Pluto (now a dwarf) and its largest moon Charon (40% of Pluto’s size) in great detail, I was both frustrated and amazed that ‘we’, i.e., NASA and others, just did NOT have any high quality images of Pluto — let alone Charon. They were TOO SMALL and too far away. The size was the problem. If they were bigger the distance would not have been as much of an issue.

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From the book. Click on above book COVER image for more details.

But now thanks to ‘New Horizons‘, which is also talked about quite a bit in that book, we finally have some nice pictures of Pluto and Charon. WOW. We are indeed lucky to live in interesting times.


Fidelity’s “Active Trader Pro” Requires MSFT ‘SilverLight’ & Latest Chrome Does NOT Support It!

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chromesilverRelated posts:
>> New Accounts & Trade is flawed.
>> 
Old Positions screen stops working.
>> New account look …

++++ Search on ‘Fidelity’ for other related posts >>>>


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Click to ENLARGE and look.

Fidelity, always very nice towards me, has been telling me for 6 months or more that I should try their new “Active Trader Pro” trading platform — especially since I am entitled to free access to it (probably because of my advanced age).

Today I thought I might give it a try to see if I can use it INSTEAD of the new system which does not sit well with me.

As soon as I tried to launch it I was told I needed Microsoft’s ‘Silverlight’ enhanced screen display software. I thought I already had it. Then the problem became apparent. Google Chrome has stopped supporting Silverlight — over the last 6 months or so!

That is a problem. I will not switch from Chrome. It appears that this is a well known issue. I am kind of surprised that Fidelity has not addressed it.

Just a heads up.


Fidelity’s New ‘Accounts & Trade’ System User Interface Had To Have Been Designed By An Inebriated Blind Person.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> 
Old Positions screen stops working.
>> New account look …

++++ Search on ‘Fidelity’ for other related posts >>>>


Don’t get me wrong, I am Fidelity’s GREATEST and most loyal fan (even if they have stopped giving me any IPO allocations (and maybe as such they are doing me a favor)). Just check this blog. Their accounts reps. are wonderful. I really have never had any serious problems with Fidelity in over 30 years of dealings OTHER than my intense displeasure, over the last few months, with their new ‘Accounts & Trade’ system — specifically its User Interface.

No question, the new system is a vast improvement in that it provides a LOAD more information and does so conveniently. That is a good part.

The atrocious part is how that information is presented. Yes, I have had multiple very productive and pleasant calls with Fidelity about my issues with the GUI (graphical user interface) and I even had a call back, a few weeks ago, to tell me that ALL of my issues have been noted and that each and every one of them WILL be fixed — however, not any time soon!

I am NOT a casual user of the Fidelity system. I have a Fidelity tab open on this PC at least 12 hours a day! No, I don’t trade constantly though I probably trade more often that most. I did three or four trades today. I probably average over one a day. That doesn’t make me an active trader but I am also far from what would be classed a passive one. I check the screens quite often during the day. SMILE. So I know my Fidelity system and Fidelity knows that I know my Fidelity system.

ONCE I discovered and told Fidelity, on June 17, 2015, that the old system had stopped reporting some new transactions I did NOT have any choice but to start using the new system. There was no way I was going to stick with a system that didn’t show me all my recent transactions.

Once I started using it I quickly narrowed down the three (3) key things that were driving me insane.

1/ The fields are way, way, way TOO WIDE and there is no way that you can condense them (and I use a 23″ WIDE screen for my Fidelity tab). With a Fidelity rep in tow I worked out how wide the fields are. Some of the dollar value fields could hold in excess of $99 Trillion values. That is crazy. Basically all the horizontal fields are WAY TOO WIDE and you can’t make them narrower t give you a better, closer, more intimate view.

2/ You can’t rearrange the order of the columns. You should be able to create a customized view that best suits each user. Plus the new columns are not in the same order as the old ones.

3/ The very comforting light yellow highlight background to denote changes that have taken place today is gone. I was used to using that yellow background to navigate the columns.

Fidelity has agreed that all three of these issues are legitimate and that they will fix them — BUT not any time soon.

So giving you a heads up.


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