Double To A Million Plan

Double To A Million Plan

Double Your Way To A Million
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Starting with Nothing, Ending with a Million Dollars.

Author: Xinfinitum

Monday, March 25, 2013

Where No IRS Agent Has Gone Before

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The IRS has expanded beyond Earth in search of new Tax revenue. Coming to a planet near you.
I just received my new "Solar Security Number"
$laV3^2^7he^1R$

Metal Detector
"Watch as the "IRS Enterprise Y" explores other Solar Systems to Tax Free Enterprise, Enforcing Strange New Regulations and To Boldly Go Where No Government Employee Has Gone Before.
(That last part surely can not mean Hell.)"


Present Stake:$4455.92
Motto: It is only "one" found penny.
Slogan: As Simple As Finding A Penny.
Theme Song: Chumbawamba - Tubthumping
Regards, Xinfinitum

This Double Your Way To A Million Blog is based upon the Doubling Method "How to Double Your Way to a £Million in 28 Steps". Using the Doubling Rule it is an attempt to "Double Your Way to a Million" by going from one penny to a million dollars, starting from nothing. At the beginning you start by finding a penny and then double a penny until reaching $1,000,000.
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Double To A Million - Step 20 - Television

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Recently Dick Clark passed away.  It seems lately that many of the people that were a remote part of my life, and by remote I mean television, have been signing off the air permanently.

It is a different time in ones life when the people you have loved or even been entertained by begin leaving this earthly existence.  The world slowly becomes a more lonely place.  You never really see it coming nor can you prepare for it.  It sneaks up on you slowly.  One by one they go away.

As I thought about all the famous people I grew up with that were on television it occurred to me that television, at one time or another, also provided opportunities for "fame", with a small "F" and a small "ME", for the not so famous.

In speaking with my Mom about Dick Clark's passing she told me she had been on the television show American Bandstand with Dick Clark back in the Fifties dancing her little heart out.  She can still dance circles around me, I have no idea where she gets the energy.

My wife, when she was a tiny tyke was on the "Romper Room" television show in Chicago in the Sixties and I am certain she was the best "Do-Bee" of them all. ( I have to say that because she reads this Blog.)

As for me, I had my 15 minutes or less (probably closer to several minutes) of fame being on the "Uncle Gus Show" that was on WMUR-TV in the late Sixties or early Seventies, my memory is a bit hazy as the exact decade.  Of course, I stole the show, at least in my own young mind, by catching all the whiz-rings, naming all the States on the map and winning a few other things. When I left I had a huge armload of prizes!

Uncle Gus


Recently I had another small claim to fame , although not televised. As you will recall, I accidently blew up a Lithium battery in my eye and was rushed to the emergency room by the EMTs. A friend's daughter has been training to be an EMT and during one of the training sessions they were teaching how to set up a make shift setup for flushing out eyes. They said they recently had someone have a battery explode in their eye and they were teaching the procedure they figured out during the emergency. She immediately knew who it was they were talking about. It will now be apart of official procedures. I hope they call it the "Xinfinitum Procedure". :-)

DTAMP has been moving along very slowly. Hopefully a breakthrough will come one of these days.

Present Stake:$3514.82
Motto: It is only "one" found penny.
Slogan: As Simple As Finding A Penny.
Theme Song: Chumbawamba - Tubthumping
Regards, Xinfinitum

This Double Your Way To A Million Blog is based upon the Doubling Method "How to Double Your Way to a £Million in 28 Steps". Using the Doubling Rule it is an attempt to "Double Your Way to a Million" by going from one penny to a million dollars, starting from nothing. At the beginning you start by finding a penny and then double a penny until reaching $1,000,000.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Double To A Million - Step 20 - Back In The Saddle Again

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It has been a while since I updated the DTAMP blog. It has been a long recovery from the surgery and I am still on the mend. At this point I do not feel like I will ever get my strength back.

I have been in the process of transferring over everything to the new computer system I was given.

After 8 years of using the old system, as well as sofware that was 10 years old or older, it has been difficult to rebuild everything and transfer the data as well as learn all new software.

I will show some pictures of the "Computer Crisis" in this and other posts.


In the meantime, I did collect some funds to add to the DTAMP stake. You can see the last few months in the Timeline.

It has taken me many months to begin to get caught up to everything that has fallen behind during my recovery, but hopefully I am back in the saddle again and can stay on the DTAMP horse.

Here is a picture of the new computer and monitor. I did not realize how much work it was going to be to change from the old to the new, nor how much time it was going to take to do it.



Present Stake:$3504.85
Motto: It is only "one" found penny.
Slogan: As Simple As Finding A Penny.
Theme Song: Chumbawamba - Tubthumping

Regards,
Xinfinitum



This Double Your Way To A Million Blog is based upon the Doubling Method "How to Double Your Way to a £Million in 28 Steps". Using the Doubling Rule it is an attempt to "Double Your Way to a Million" by going from one penny to a million dollars, starting from nothing. At the beginning you start by finding a penny and then double a penny until reaching $1,000,000.

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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Double A Penny - Step 20 - Avaratec Encore

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Encore Edition of the Avaratec CMOS Battery Fiasco


As you may remember earlier this year I was attempting to change a CMOS battery in an older Avaratec Model 4100 Series Laptop and it exploded into my right eye... "Lithium Battery Explosion"

Fortunately, no permanent damage was done and I can see ok, as well as can be expected from over 50 year old eyeballs.

Anyways, I still was determined to find a replacement battery but ran into nothing but road blocks. I couldn't find one that was compatible and the emergency room took the leads and plug from the old battery. The only one I could find was over $50.00 and even that was questionable.

So I took a risk and looked on Ebay and bought something that looked kind of similar for just $1.99 . I figured that even if I was wrong I was only out a few dollars and maybe I could solder the leads to the computer.

I was also working on other alternatives at the time. I had an old motherboard sitting around and it still had the CMOS battery holder soldered to it. I removed it and was going to jury rig that if the new battery didn't work.

I got the new battery and it fit perfectly. Problem solved.

I am writing this blog in case there is anyone out there that has an Avaratec Model 4100 and needs a CMOS battery to replace here is how to find one and other data to dig one up:

"Ebay CR2032 IBM CMOS Battery"

"Laptopz-Outlet ( 264005 )"

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CR2032 IBM CMOS Battery 08K8216 08K8050 92P0986 02K6541

Introduction:
Brand New IBM ThinkPad Real Time Clock Battery (RTC) CMOS BIOS BACKUP
Coin cell battery with two wires two pin connector.

Features:
Replace IBM P/N- 02K6541, 02K7087, 02K7075, 08K8050, 08K8216
FRU-02K6572, 92P0991, 92P0986
Will fix the following error codes:
0250: systems battery error
0251: System CMOS checksum bad
0260: System Timer error
0270: Real-Time Clock Error
Weight:0.03
Volts:3V
Chemistry:Lithium
Dimensions:20mm x 20mm x 3.2mm
Details:3 Volt Lithium Battery

Compatible with:
IBM Thinkpad 570 Series -- 570, 570E, 570X, 570Z
IBM ThinkPad A Series -- A20, A20P, A20M, A21, A21E, A21M, A21P, A22,A22M, A22P, A23, A30,A30P, A31P
IBM ThinkPad T Series -- T20, T21, T22, T23, T30, T40 , T60
IBM ThinkPad R Series -- R40, R40e, R50, R50e, R50p, R51, R52, R60
IBM ThinkPad X Series -- X30, X31, X32
IBM xSeries -- 300, 400

As you can see the battery is compatible with an IBM ThinkPad and also works on the Avaratec Model 4100 as well.

Another bit of info: The bag the CMOS Battery came had the number N7G04S on it.

Hope this helps someone out there.

Present Stake:$3362.29

Motto: It is only "one" found penny.

Slogan: As Simple As Finding A Penny.

Theme Song: Chumbawamba - Tubthumping

Regards,

Xinfinitum

This Double Your Way To A Million Blog is based upon the Doubling Method "How to Double Your Way to a £Million in 28 Steps". Using the Doubling Rule it is an attempt to "Double Your Way to a Million" by going from one penny to a million dollars, starting from nothing. At the beginning you start by finding a penny and then double a penny until reaching $1,000,000.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Double A Penny - Step 20 - I Survived

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It has been one month since the day of my surgery. I did survive to continue the fight for another day, in life, love and the struggle to complete DTAMP.

It was a difficult surgery. My surgeon was the best around but even he was baffled when they opened me up and found a strange organ that they couldn't identify, where no organ should be.

They decided to continue with the operation and soon discovered that the organ was one of my kidneys. It seems I had what is called a pelvic kidney. For some reason it had either moved way down into my pelvic area or I was born that way. It turned out that the choice I made for a bag was the only way it could have been done because of the pelvic kidney. The other two choices would not have worked.

After the surgery the first night was difficult as I would stop breathing and the nurses had to stay with me all night to keep waking me to tell me to breath when I fell asleep every 45 seconds to a minute.

The hospital stay was difficult for a number of reasons but the worst was the smell. Some drug they were giving me made things stink so bad I couldn't stand it. Even though I could barely walk I would hide in the little bathroom in my hospital room because that was the only place that didn't smell bad. I only slept for about an hour every 24 hours because of the smell.

I couldn't eat or drink very much so I lost 10 pounds. I was so happy to go home.

On the way home we had an automobile accident. A school bus decided to cut in front of us then slammed on the brakes when she was half in our lane. She said she didn't think she could make it so she stopped. It ruined our car. The police came. I was not feeling to good at that point. I was really barely able to come home.

Then later on the highway some pickup truck dropped a large object in the road, people were swerving to avoid it but someone hit it. It exploded into dozens of pieces and seemingly by magic they all gathered themselves together and came at us from the other lane and hitting our car making very bad crunching sounds all underneath.

It was all pretty scary. I admit I was scared to go into the surgery that day. Not only that but the night before Hurricane Irene was coming and they said it was going to be as bad as 1938 storm. My dad used to tell me stories about that storm and how his Mother carried him over her head in deep water with 12 other kids trailing behind her.

My thoughts were who is going to protect my house, the paper work in the basement is not replaceable, we are in such trouble. I didn't expect to have to fight a hurricane as well as go through the surgery. My basement did flood a little but our kind neighbor came over and got the water up.

Things have been slowly improving over the last month and I am on a lot of pain killers and medicine.

The truth of the matter is that I was dying. The doctor indicated that the pathology report showed that I not only had bladder cancer but there was also a tumor in the prostate as well.

But nothing was found in the surrounding area and the doctor feels that the surgery was curative. The cancer is gone and he was looking forward to seeing me run the marathon next year.

I am grateful for all the people that have helped us as we went through this. People sent cards and balloons, visited and called, made food for us and helped protect our home during Irene.

I do not like wearing this bag on me. I have nightmares of being trapped inside some cyber machine suit and will never be able to get out of it. I have lots of dreams of trying to escape something.

But I am alive and will continue to fight the good fight.

Sadly, as you can see from the timeline, I took a huge hit with a stock trade and lost a large portion of the DTAMP stake. It has been a big discouragement but as in all things I have to stand back up and keep moving forward.

Present Stake:$3361.79

Motto: It is only "one" found penny.

Slogan: As Simple As Finding A Penny.

Theme Song: Chumbawamba - Tubthumping

Regards,

Xinfinitum

This Double Your Way To A Million Blog is based upon the Doubling Method "How to Double Your Way to a £Million in 28 Steps". Using the Doubling Rule it is an attempt to "Double Your Way to a Million" by going from one penny to a million dollars, starting from nothing. At the beginning you start by finding a penny and then double a penny until reaching $1,000,000.

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Friday, July 08, 2011

Double A Penny - Step 20 - Bad Things Are Happening

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I haven't been updating the Blog because I have been under a lot of stress and going through a medical crisis.

My doctor informed me that the next step in stopping the cancer was to remove my bladder/prostate and surrounding lymph nodes. He suggested I get a second opinion. I did and after that I got a third opinion from a doctor/surgeon at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

I was fortunate to be able to get in to see the doctor at Dana-Farber without a referral and in only four days. I was also helped by a couple at my church who took me there several times, once to see the doctor and once for an MRI. The man in the couple has stage four cancer in the bones.

The surgeon determined from the pathology and the MRI I will need my bladder out. I am not happy about this. In fact I am horrified.

I will need to wear a bag to collect the urine for the rest of my life and I am not that old. This is a nightmare that I cannot wake up from.

It is being scheduled for sometime in August. I have always been healthy and tried to do the right things. I didn't do anything that they say could cause bladder cancer like smoking or working with chemicals. It doesn't run in my family.

I am uncertain how things will progress from here as far as DTAMP or posting in this blog.

I also had an accident last week as well.

I took out the CMOS battery out of my wife's laptop computer because the BIOS settings were not holding. The hard drive is going and the S.M.A.R.T. detector will not let me boot up. I can change the SMART setting but that setting is resetting itself each time.

It was a Lithium Battery about the size of a quarter and had two leads attached to it.

I had an extra battery so I figured I would solder on the leads and reinstall it. It didn't work out that way.

Not being able to see up close I took off my glasses and got about four inches away from the battery as I soldered the leads on. I had just got the second lead on when the battery exploded and threw lithium, acid and solder into my right eye. It was very painful and I couldn't see out of it. I was in big trouble as I was home alone and live out in the sticks.

I ran to the bathroom and I could see that there was black lithium penetrating my eye ball, burning me, as well as pieces all over in my eye. In addition I was cut and burned on my forehead and my cheek.

I started to throw water in my eye and trying to figure out what to do next. I knew I wasn't going to be able to drive for over twenty minutes to get to the hospital so I decided to call 911 and get help. They said that an ambulance was on the way. I called my wife and left a message saying a battery exploded in my eye and the ambulance was on the way.

I had saved some squirt caps from Poland Springs bottles and went and got it and started to squirt a lot of water into my eye. The EMTs got there in about 10 minutes, which is fast for getting to my house.

They jury rigged a continuous eye wash and brought me to the emergency room.

At the hospital they put some kind of flush thing which was like a big contact in my eye and began flushing. In all I used at least six bags of saline solution and there was a lot of lithium that came out.

My wife had called a friend and she closed her store and was at the hospital in a very short period of time to help me. Now that is a friend!!

My wife got to me about an hour or so later. She had to leave work and drive a long way to get to me. She had horrible ideas of my eye half hanging out. I wasn't specific at all in the phone call.

I was in the E.R. for about 4 hours with a lot of tests being done on my eye. Then I was sent to an Ophthalmologist for an emergency visit several towns away. He examined the eye and did some things I cannot remember. I was pretty much in shock during the entire time. I thought I was going to lose my eyesight in that eye.

He said it would heal ok and gave me some steroid drops. Within three days my eye cleared up and most of my wounds healed. But one wouldn't. I discover a small lithium particle in the wound that kept burning the flesh. After I got that out it healed up.

There are several morals of the story.

One, always wear eye protection when working on projects. One's eyesight is priceless and everything needs to be done to protect it. I have always took to many risks and have been fortunate from the various accidents I have had.

Two, sometimes it doesn't pay to be too frugal. That computer battery cost me over $140.00 in medical bills and the fireman took the leads and almost everything so I am having trouble replacing the battery. My wife's new laptop arrived today.

Three, don't be cheap and if you have to call for an ambulance, the faster you get help the better. I was thinking how expensive the ambulance would be while my eye was filled with burning lithium and battery acid. Of course I didn't think that very long, I may be cheap but not crazy.

Four, know the technology you are working on. I was not aware that lithium is explosive when heated. After all of this I do recall reading an article about the lithium batteries in cars exploding or something like that. I wasn't up to date on what I was working on and it bit me. In the old days I used to solder to batteries all the time and had no problems but technology changes and I needed to keep studying to avoid mistakes.

The next day we had to clean up the house of lithium. It was everywhere in my office. The explosion propelled it all over the place then I tracked it to different rooms in the house.

I will never forget that unique smell of lithium.

Here is the only piece the EMTs missed of what was left of the battery.


Present Stake:$4159.28

Motto: It is only "one" found penny.

Slogan: As Simple As Finding A Penny.

Theme Song: Chumbawamba - Tubthumping

Regards,

Xinfinitum

This Double Your Way To A Million Blog is based upon the Doubling Method "How to Double Your Way to a £Million in 28 Steps". Using the Doubling Rule it is an attempt to "Double Your Way to a Million" by going from one penny to a million dollars, starting from nothing. At the beginning you start by finding a penny and then double a penny until reaching $1,000,000.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Double A Penny - Step 20 - Bad News

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Yesterday I went back for surgery and the doctor found cancer in my bladder again.

I was hoping it would not come back.

This is terrible news.


Present Stake:$4128.73

Motto: It is only "one" found penny.

Slogan: As Simple As Finding A Penny.

Theme Song: Chumbawamba - Tubthumping

Regards,

Xinfinitum

This Double Your Way To A Million Blog is based upon the Doubling Method "How to Double Your Way to a £Million in 28 Steps". Using the Doubling Rule it is an attempt to "Double Your Way to a Million" by going from one penny to a million dollars, starting from nothing. At the beginning you start by finding a penny and then double a penny until reaching $1,000,000.

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