Florida Fishing License Online

I have just completed my online purchase of my five year Florida freshwater and saltwater licenses, and snook stamp, through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission site.

The entire process took less than fifteen minutes. The License & Permit Information page provides the information for you to determine what recreational licenses are available, as well as eligibility requirements.

I already knew that I wanted to get the five year licenses for freshwater and saltwater, and the five year snook stamp, so I went directly to the How to Order section and clicked on the link “Follow this link to buy your license online. *(A $2.25 + 2.5% surcharge of total sale per person will be added to your purchase.)”

I was immediately taken to the secure “Total Licensing System (TLS) Online License & Permit Sales Site”, where I selected the option “Fishing and Hunting Licenses and Permits (Freshwater, Saltwater, Hunting, Trapping, etc.)”, clicked on the “Start Now” button, and indicated that I was a Florida resident, entered my driver’s license number and date of birth. I followed the prompts, adding information as necessary, added the licenses to “checkout”, and when all three were selected completed the checkout process, using my credit card.

As I had provided an email address during the processing, I received an immediate confirmation. Also at the end of the process you can print your “receipt confirmation”, which gives you a temporary authorization number, so you can fish right away, as it takes five to seven business days for the actual license to arrive.

I thought this was very convenient. For those outside of Florida, check out your state’s ability to get your license online.

I have renewed my driver’s license and vehicle registration online also. I think that this is very convenient, and am willing to pay the convenience charges, rather than having to go stand in line.

Let me know what you think about using your state government’s online purchasing.

Basic English Grammar eBook

While checking my RSS feeds this morning, I found this post from Daily Writing Tips:

I have subscribed to their feed for a long time now, and I find a lot of useful information. This latest ebook should be useful to everyone, not just writers, who wish to be grammatically correct, whether it be in their professional or personal writings, including email.

To download the ebook all that is required is subscribing to Daily Writing Tips. Links are provided in the post to subscribe, and you can unsubscribe at any time, but I think you will find plenty to keep you from unsubscribing.

You can also follow Daily Writing Tips on Twitter as I do: http://www.twitter.com/writing_tips.

Internet – Web Page Saving

The current BPCA meeting place does not have broadband access and only very slow dial-up access to the internet. At a recent meeting it was suggested that the various sites available through the BPCA Links page be shown at a future meeting.

This brought up a discussion of how long it would take, with the available technology, to bring up each page. I suggested that the sites be downloaded and placed on a CD or thumb drive.

It seems that no one in attendance knew how to do such a save. As a result, I have decided to give some basic instructions through this blog.

These instructions will involve using either the Internet Explorer or Firefox browser; there are other ways of saving a web page locally, such as the Web Capture capabilities in the full Adobe Acrobat software and others, but most of us do not have access to such expensive software.

The following table shows the options available for each of the browsers being used:


Browser Save As Type Save As Result
Internet Explorer
Web Page, complete (*.htm, *.html) A file named with the page title and an htm extension,
containing the HTML and a folder with the same name containing
all other information needed to display the page. (Includes
images, CSS, etc.)
Internet Explorer Only Web Archive, single file (*.mht) A file named with the page title and an an mht extension, that
contains all the information needed to display the page.
NOTE: Firefox, to my knowledge and experience can neither
read nor open a file that has an mht extension.
Internet Explorer
Web Page, HTML only (*,htm, *.html) A file named with the page title and an htm extension,
containing the HTML only.
Internet Explorer
Text File (*.txt) A file named with the page title and an txt extension,
containing the text only.

Once the page has been saved to your local hard drive, you can copy it to a CD, thumb drive, or other device not connected to the internet and open them with your browser of choice, except that you can not open the mht Web Archive in any other browser than IE. Of course, the links within the pages will not be operational, as they are pointing to another web page that would need to be accessed online.

Try the different options for yourself to find out what works best for your purposes. As always, let me know by commenting of this posting if this works for you, or if you have any questions.