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David E. Ross

Oak Park, California 91377


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During warm nights from late spring until late autumn, we are serenaded by packs of coyotes in hills of the nearby Oak Park Open Space. Occasionally, we see them in the daytime, wandering down a street or loping through a park. Coyotes are recognized here as an important part of our environment because they — along with owls, hawks, snakes, and eagles — keep rabbits, mice, rats, and squirrels under control.

Recently, the City Council in Seal Beach — about 60 miles away with a population of about 25,000 versus Oak Park's 14,000 — voted to trap and exterminate coyotes, which have been preying on residents' small pets. One woman claimed that a coyote followed her into her home and ran off with her small dog in its mouth. The City Council did not address how they will deal with any invasion of rodents and other vermin.

A better solution would be for residents to keep their small pets inside and to watch for unwanted visitors when entering their homes.

© 2014 by David Ross


dead mouse

More than once in the past, my computer mouse failed. They do indeed wear out.

I remember replacing one very early in 2006. It lasted almost seven years. I replaced it in December 2012 with a mouse from Dell. Not wanting to deal with batteries, the new Dell item was a wired mouse (as were all its predecessors).

The mouse from Dell lasted only 20 months — less than two years — before it began to fail. Unlike previously, it did not totally die. Instead, clicking the right button would often give results as if I had clicked the left button or even both buttons. This was an intermittant problem, becoming more and more frequent.

I just hope my new wired mouse from Logitech lasts longer than the mouse from Dell.

© 2014 by David Ross


Anyone who thinks government owns a monopoly on inefficient, obstructive bureaucracy has obviously never worked for a large corporation.

Copyright © 1997 by David Ross

(or never tried to deal with a health insurance claims department)


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Profession

Computer software engineer specializing in requirements analysis and testing. Advocate of software life-cycle methods that minimize errors and prevent budget overruns, schedule slips, and dissatisfied end-users through up-front analysis, ongoing reviews, and formal verification. Proficient with software for platforms including stand-alone main-frames, desktop PCs, and client-server networks. Experienced in technical management and, for small organizations, top-level management.

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Hobbies

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Stamp collecting

Gardening

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Listening to classical music

Surfing the Internet

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When I turn on the faucet, water comes out. At night, the street lights come on. Our streets are swept, and our joint school and public library continues to operate. Both children and adults enjoy themselves in our community's parks. Our public schools are as good as any other schools — public or private — in California. Deputy Sheriffs patrolling our streets and judges in our courtrooms keep our community's crime rate very low in a county with one of the lowest crime rates in the nation. Mail is delivered six days each week. In Oak Park, government is working; it is not our enemy.


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