What does a year bring…

Well, it’s been over a year since my last post and some things have changed.

  1. I quit my job at Desire2Learn because of some horrible management decisions they were making. I won’t get into details, but things were being run pretty horribly from my perspective.
  2. I started a new job a BlueCoat systems writing software for their ProxySG product. This was really exciting since I hadn’t written C++ in a lot of years, and had never written embedded software.
  3. About 10 months into working for BlueCoat, an opportunity dropped in my lap to build a team for a startup called FameBit. After some intense deliberation and talking it over with my wife, I decided to take the job.

And that’s where we’re at now. It’s been a pretty crazy year. We’ll see where things go from here…

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More updates! Plus Working Links!

So, I found out today that most of the links to code/binaries on the site were broken. I’ve gone through and fixed all of them that I could find. Hopefully everything is working as intended again.

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Updates! Finally!

Just a note that I’ve added a new section under projects for some HTML5 games I created in my spare time.


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Spring is Here!

It’s Easter weekend of 2013 and I need to post!

My full time work at Desire2Learn continues to go quite well, and I am now leading a small team of developers on several different projects. The work is definitely challenging and I am enjoying it thoroughly. At the same time, it’s more demanding and I’ve had to cut down some of my contracting work. This means I now feel a little more comfortable talking about the work I’ve been doing for Tapclicks over the last six months. You can read the page for an overview of the work.

This doesn’t mean I can’t do work on the side any more… I just feel I can’t do any more long term commitments. For example I was guaranteeing a set amount of hours per week, every week and it was getting increasingly difficult to fit that all in. Smaller one off jobs would make much more sense at the moment.

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Been a Very Long Time…

I don’t have much to put here, but it’s definitely been a busy year. I did a bunch of work for Giftopia early in the year, as you could see in my portfolio. I took a trip to jolly ‘ol England to see my brother in the Spring. I took the summer off from doing consulting and enjoyed my new passion for golf. Now that it’s getting cold outside I’m right back into the swing of things, doing a bunch of advertising API work for a company I won’t name right now. Anyway, that’s pretty much it… I felt a need to update this space with something!

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Just wanted to apologize to anyone who might have hit the site yesterday and saw that it was down. I forgot to renew the domain and didn’t realize until about 6pm. Everything should be working as normal again if you happen to be reading this post!

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Findie Rock Android App Released

Just a quick post to note that I have released a companion app for Findie Rock . It is available for free on the android market: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.zenwerx.findierock .

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Piwik Analytics

I’ve been using Google Analytics for a long time to track the number of visits to the site, as well as other metrics like where visitors come from. My biggest complaint with Google’s Analytics package, is that it’s not real time! I have to wait until tomorrow to see results for today (actually, it’s about 1-3 hours behind… but that’s not the default).

Most of the time, that’s not a big deal. There are some days though that I want to see real time stats about what is happening to my sites and Google Analytics just doesn’t cut it. So with a quick search, I was able to find Piwik, an open source and real time analytics package. I’m only in the testing phase at the moment, but in general the setup was fairly easy… I guess we’ll see how it goes!

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Ubuntu Day 11.04

It’s Ubuntu Day (1 of 2) for 2011. Praise your local Linux guru, and go download Ubuntu 11.04 . I have to say, I don’t like unity… at all. I went back to the classic desktop as soon as I figured out how to do it! This isn’t actually my first experience with the unity desktop, either. When I got my netbook back in October, I attempted to install the Ubuntu netbook remix. I was quick to wipe and install plain Ubuntu upon the precious system.

I was actually very close to reinstalling Ubuntu 10.10 this evening. There’s always an issue when installing/upgrading and this time, as it always seems to be, there was a problem with the sound. At first I didn’t even think it was the sound though! Upon loading Firefox 4 (so that I could download Google Chrome), I saw a youtube video on my homepage. I figured I should check it out quickly since flash is also a sore spot with Ubuntu every once in a while. It played, which was a good sign, but it seemed to play is super fast forward no matter what I did.

So I sharpened up my google-fu, and started trying to figure out why this was happening to no avail, including several re-installs of the flash plugin. With that hitting a sore spot, I decided I should try some music. It happened to do the same thing! Finally, after what seemed like forever, I was able to find a vague post on launchpad discussing hardware selections. A-HA, I said to myself. I remember this from the days when I had a Creative Soundblaster Live! card, and the motherboard also had onboard sound.

I fiddled with settings for a few minutes and managed to get things going, but this dilemma really drives me crazy. I don’t understand why these types of issues are so darn hard to figure out. Ubuntu seemed to think I wanted sound going out from my video card over DVI… but when that didn’t work, it didn’t ever consider another option for sound at all. Nope, it just decided to not work. I have the patience, albeit just enough of it, to try and figure these issues out, but I would never, not in a million years, expect an every day user to try to figure an issue like this out.

So… Mark Shuttleworth and Ubuntu Developer alike. I ask you, why can’t things like this be EASY?! I installed Windows 7 last night on the same PC, there wasn’t a single issue (other than wiping out the MBR… but that’s a gripe for another day). I won’t say that Linux hasn’t come a long way in the last 5 or 6 years, but I still think there’s a long, long way to go.

Also… why the heck do you have to change the default applications every damn release. It’s driving me insane!

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Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day to everyone who can deal with American date standards for a day so we can celebrate an awesome number!

And… I broke the pi script (well, technically all my “projects” pages) with a little rewrite rule I was testing the other day. I forgot to remove it and it made a nasty redirect loop for things that actually existed. Oh well, it’s fixed for pi day!

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