Mortgage Cancelator™

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"The most INGENIOUS way to pay off a mortgage that you've ever seen"sm Most people have lost all hope of ever getting out from under the stress of a mortgage. The Mortgage Cancelator™ restores that hope and gives people significant additional benefits as well. The Mortgage Cancelator™ utilizes just 3 extra payments per year into a specially designed financial instrument that the wealthiest people in the world have been leveraging for over 250 years. Imagine your monthly loan payment is $1,110 per month on a $227,000 mortgage, putting just $300/month into this special financial instrument, you could pay off your mortgage 6-9 years faster, save $90,000+ in monthly payments to someone else, save over $42,000 in interest to the bank or mortgage company, accumulated $145k in cash, and protected against…
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Pickleball Court EZ Layout Tool

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The first time "we" laid out a pickleball court on the tennis court nearby was an adventure. With an engineer, a 100 foot tape measure and a calculator, it was chaotic to say the least but after about 45 minutes, mission accomplished. When it came time to do it again because after the rains, our tape came up, I thought it would be easier...WRONG! Same chaos. That's when I decided to utilize my God-given talent and make this more efficient. The result, the Pickleball Court EZ Layout Tool. A paper template with color markings, a 25 foot webbing strap with grommets and corresponding color codes, and a piece of chalk which now allows 2 people to layout an entire court and put down tape all in about 15-20 minutes. The…
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M1 Tank Test Panel Project

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In 1988 as a subcontractor for Chrysler Corporation building the test panels for the M1 Abrams tank. While working as temp labor on an assembly line for the test panel, several thousand wires had been improperly prepared and needed to be reworked. Being the new kid on the block, that laborious task landed on Nicholas having been trained as an electronics technician in the U.S. Navy and Kennedy Space Center and understanding specs for stripping the wires for connection with the test ports and the strict tolerances, Nicholas' job was to clip the wires and re-strip them with a standard set of wire strippers. The problem was that a tech was essentially “guessing” on stripping the wires for the correct amount. Nicholas found that there was a screw in exactly…
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Spy Satellite

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In 1989 working for Harris Corporation on the DSP satellite project subcontracted from Aerojet, the Central Control Unit (CCU) for this satellite required dozens of tests in the environmental lab to ensure it could withstand the rigors of launch by subjecting it to substantial heat and cold, vibrations, and vacuum testing. The manual part of these tests involved connecting the CCU to the test unit and taking hundreds of reading on a Logic Analyzer. On average, it took about 42 hours for a complete set of tests if no problems were encountered. The manual for these tests had “hand drawn” wave forms in it and cable connections were many times redundant configurations. The reading of each waveform was tedious, requiring the technician to try multiple settings on the Logic Analyzer.…
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JPL Emails

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In 1991 while temping at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Ca, before email systems like we have today, scientists at JPL would receive twice daily electronic mail messages from various governmental agencies across the U.S. These “e” mail messages came in all at one time and had to be parsed out, removing the headers and footers, and printed for each recipient. This task typically took 45 minutes to 1 hour twice a day manually. Nicholas developed a macro that ran in Word Perfect that could parse out each message, remove the headers and footers, and print it out all in under 2 minutes. Download Brochure
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JPL Resource Cost Planning

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In 1992 at JPL, Nicholas was hired to develop MS Excel macros for the Resource Cost Planning system. The project was way over budget and almost a year past the delivery deadline. The bottleneck was that the Excel spreadsheet categories were continually being added to. Thus reading them into MS FoxPro utilizing Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) calls was fighting a losing battle. The FoxPro expert tasked with reading in these values from the Excel Spreadsheet was terminated and Nicholas was assigned the task and given 2 weeks to accomplish what his predecessor had been unable to do in 9 months. After 2 days of analyzing the existing code, Nicholas decided to scrap all of it and come at it from an entirely different approach. Since Excel and FoxPro were both…
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JPL Procurement Automation

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In 1993 at JPL, shadow systems were a huge time, energy, and resource waste at the Lab. While working as a Group Admin Assistant, one of my tasks was to generate Procurement forms for parts used by the scientists and engineers. There were several “shadow” systems for Procurements but none that were very efficient. Nicholas built a database using dBaseIII+ on a little 286 Novell networking server that used the multi-part “official” form of the Procurement Division and made it available to all 8,000 people on the entire Lab. Even the “Just in Time” guys utilized the system as it was much more efficient than the mainframe system. Download Brochure
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Submarine Underwater Logs

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1978 on board the U.S. Navy's nuclear submarine USS James Monroe 622B, Nicholas was watching his fellow crew members labor under the tedious task of calculating the corrections for the ship's under water log calibrations, Nicholas wrote a program for a faired-line curve calculation on a Tektronix Desktop Calculator. These calculations were done by hand, plotting out the numbers from the runs manually and then figuring out what the offset was and entering those into the underwater logs for correction. Doing this task took about 4 hours to complete, but with Nicholas' faired line curve program, it was reduced to just 2 minutes and with a higher degree of accuracy. Download Brochure
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Submarine Radar Contacts

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1978 onboard the same submarine, Nicholas was tasked to be a Radar operator, monitoring contacts and alerting the Officer of the Deck (OOD) of any threats by other vessels and to calculate how close they might come to the ship. Using charts, ship's speed and course, and at least two relative points from the radar, and a set of parallels, technicians were able to calculate the “closest point of approach” (CPA) of a vessel. Doing this process manually, a good radar tech could give the OOD this information in about 1 to 2 minutes. Utilizing a set of formula on a Texas Instrument TI-59 with a mag card reader, Nicholas programmed in the formula and was able to give the CPA, course, speed and time of CPA in about 10…
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Telemetry Ship Antenna Alignments

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1981 while serving on the USNS Range Sentinel, a telemetry ship that tracked and protected the range from errant missiles launched for testing, one of the tracking antenna calibrations was done with a scope attached to the antenna and an 80 foot tower with a target on it. The problem was that because it required minimal movement of the ship in the water, that while moored at the dock, fishing boats came and went all night long, making the calibration difficult as the boat moved up and down and side to side. Nicholas recognized that these highly sensitive and powerful antenna could lock onto a signal on this tower, cancelling out any movement of the ship from other vessels passing by. What had been a several day (or rather night)…
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