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Things that are changing!

October 14, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s been a bit since I last posted… a lot has been going on. I’ve had a new baby (girl #2, yay!), recorded a ton of videos for 3D Buzz in our Software Engineering course, started working on a new light-weight blog engine (which I may retire and just stick with something that’s already out there… not sure), and a few other projects that I’ll keep unmentioned for now.

So yeah, lots going on.

In the next month or so I’ll be transitioning over to a new host as wordpress.com doesn’t meet my up-coming needs. Look for it soon! 🙂

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I’m Back!

September 6, 2010 5 comments

I’ve typically used my blog either as a sounding board for things I’d like to see changed in a product I used to work on (nothing says fix-it like a post showing how to do something someone says cannot be done) or just random postings.

Well… I’d like that to change. I’ve got a lot of cruft up in this old brain of mine and it’s time to post some of that in hopes that others may find it useful, or maybe just amusing at the very least.

I’ve got a new job, still at the same company, just with a different group. So far it’s been great, APP BUILDING APP BUILDING APP BUILDING! 🙂 Of course, the fun will end shortly as we get back to some serious work. One of the best things about this job is that I’ve gotten back into, or shall I say more accurately, actually getting into JavaScript.

I’ve forgotten how fun dynamic languages are. Having spent most of my time in C# or C++ in the past few years, it’s freeing to be able to spend a significant amount of time in a language where I don’t have to come up with a class, where if I need a function to do something I can just create it inline and pass it around like a normal variable, or where parsing a string doesn’t take 10 lines of code… yeah, I’m looking at C++!

Anyway, the point is that I’ll be blocking off some time every week to two to write up a blog about something helpful that I learned, most likely pertaining to some problem I’ve faced, in hopes that some other poor sap won’t have to go through the same ordeal I have but can use my solution and move on to solving his/her real problem at hand.

See you soon!

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Hi Google

September 16, 2009 Leave a comment

What, it took like a day for me to switch back? 😦 I still despise the large font for the search but I’ve found that Bing just doesn’t do a good enough job for my programming related searches. I figured I’d let everyone know that I’ve thrown in the towel for now and have gone back to my good ‘ol google.

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Bye Bye Google

September 15, 2009 2 comments

Well, it’s time for me to move on from Google. With their recent changes to the “UI” or should I rather say the humungous buttons and text, I’m off to Bing land. Bing’s results have been getting better and better, so there’s really not much reason for me to stay with Google. I’ve also been able to update my search engine in Safari 4 thanks to Glims (if you’re on Snow Leopard you want to get build 21 – currently in RC – or later). Also, I’m looking forward to some of the cool Bing 2.0 features.

So there we have it… we’ll see how long it lasts. 🙂

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Dungeons and Dragons!

September 11, 2009 Leave a comment

So it’s been a while since I’ve been able to actually play and DnD with my friends and I didn’t realize how much I missed it until a friend of mine showed me Dungeons and Dragons: Tiny Adventures. As I’m looking for my next project, this really got me thinking. I really would like to be able to create a DnD-esk game for the iPhone and also have a browser/desktop component so you can play at home as well… now, if the GSL (Game System License) wasn’t so flipping restrictive… 🙂

Anyhoo, check it out, it’s a fun little game. Though don’t go expecting a conversion of your typical PnP experience.

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Well… it’s been a while =)

April 24, 2009 1 comment

It’s been a bit of a while since I last posted, but I’m here to say that I’m still here! 🙂

I’ve been pretty busy with work and my own projects. I’ve finally gone through and setup my business, Kiad Software, LLC. Just waiting on the city license saying it’s “ok”.

So, what am I going to do with this new business? Create software and training materials!

Here’s a look at a project that I’m currently working on:

Macurial Detail View

You’ve probably guessed, the program’s name is Macurial. So what it is? It’s a GUI client for Mercurial. There’s no real ETA yet on when a beta will be available for it as I’m still hammering down the design and logistical issues, such as how to integrate with Mercurial when it’s under the GPL and I plan on selling this tool. Also, as I’m not giving up my day job anytime in the very distant future, I only have my spare time to work on it.

Until next time!

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Kings

A friend of mine at work has been trying to get to watch Kings for about a week or so. Well, last night I decided to give it a go. I have to say, that I’m liking the show quite a bit, though the story is definitely one that is heavily inspired from 1 Samuel.

The only thing I’m not too keen on is the amount of deviation the story is currently taking from the character qualities of the people. But I guess I’ll see how it plays out.

Anyhoo, check it out; it’s a good show. 🙂

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