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One Month Of “Unemployment…”

One Month Of “Unemployment…”

I sure have been busy for a month “without work…” Continuing my reports to myself, as posting these does keep me focused on driving progress forward each week:   Jewelry and Rock Work My parts came in this week. They work amazingly well. I want to order about 100 more. Unfortunately, I think I want to have them made 1mm smaller than I did. And my rock slabs are cracking more than I expected, so as I finalize my jewelry…

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Summer Progress Week #3

Summer Progress Week #3

3rd Week! Mobile Apps  So my mobile app work this week hit a crossroads — the framework I am using came out with an update, which totally broke the way I write web apps. Because I don’t like to use heavy frameworks, I use mostly vanilla JS, and very simple frameworks to send data in and our of the apps… I often like to have each element in the DOM be self-contained, and hold its own data in data attributes….

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Summer Progress Week #2

Summer Progress Week #2

2 Weeks of Summer Down… I’m not even sure how many are left, but it is Sunday evening, which means time to remind myself that I need to check my progress on my projects. Mobile Apps  As expected, the majority of mobile app this week was spent on getting the database components working as desired. That is done, and I am now working through the smaller details of having data flow in and out of the apps. It is like…

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Summer Project Progress

Summer Project Progress

I have 4 projects I’m working on this summer, and now that I am wrapping up the first full week of summer, I’ve decided to write up a weekly report on how things are coming along… Mobile Apps  I am working on mobile versions of the popular pages from my web site. Progress this week was not bad – I’ve chosen a mobile framework that lets me re-use most of my skillset without having a huge learning curve. So most…

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Jewelry Progress

Jewelry Progress

One of the projects I’m working on this summer is stepping up my jewelry hobby from just making gifts into an actual business. This is going to be an opportunity to test a theory of mine that I’ve always had, that if you take the customer service and business knowledge learned in one industry, it can be applied to another and greatly speed up and improve your success. It is too early to say whether or not I will succeed,…

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Livelihood Update

Livelihood Update

I’ve noted a couple times this year that one of my goals for 2017 was a new role in my career. I have news on that front. I’m no longer working for my former employer. The reasons are varied, and many people have asked me why. And I even had a couple paragraphs here saying a bit about that, but now that I’ve been gone a couple weeks, I don’t even feel the need to say what little there was….

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Legal Tips from a Software Professional

Legal Tips from a Software Professional

I am not a lawyer. This is just my personal approach to the legal quagmires of working in the software world. But it does work for me. YMMV and make your own decisions. Also, the legal field is inherently adversarial. So this post approaches it that way, too — that you are in conflict with the people who are giving you contracts. But I also have good friends who are attorneys, and they have an uncanny ability to turn that…

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Homeschooling and Parenting Goals

Homeschooling and Parenting Goals

I noticed that Loretta and I often make different choices in our parenting and in our schooling for our children vs. other parents we talk to. And it frequently comes down to our focus on our long-term goals. I’m not sure that those goals are any different than other parents… but we do think about them when making decisions, and try to avoid getting caught up in the day-to-day routine of school, work, and activities. Our long-term goals for our…

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Seeking My Last Job…

Seeking My Last Job…

  I’m intending to have a new role at some point in the relatively near future. I do not think of this as my “Next” role, but as my “Last” role. I have been thinking about my career recently, and have divided it into three phases. Or, really, 2 phases, and I am planning out the transition into Phase 3. Phase 1 – Building the Career: These were the early years. Jumping from place to place for more money, more…

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It is that time of year again….

It is that time of year again….

The end of the year rapidly approaches, which means an arbitrary milestone to take an introspective look at your life, and see if your trajectory matches your desires. Or, in other words — how was 2016? Let’s see what I said a year ago, and see if I succeeded: 1) Work – Either succeed or fail, decisively. I failed, decisively. But that is not about work performance. It is about my health.  More details below, but I will be switching…

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End of Year 2015

End of Year 2015

Cliched thought it may be, I set goals for myself in 2015, and although there is still almost 2 weeks left in the year, it is close enough to see how I did: Succeed at work.  Did I succeed this year? Well, I didn’t fail. We delivered on projects. We have a vision for the future.  But I can’t claim anything extraordinary. Get Healthier Yes, but it is just the first step on what is hopefully a long journey.  Most…

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Writing Again

Writing Again

I’m feeling the need to express myself again, even without a specific audience to hear me. I’m doing more artwork these days, and I am going to start trying to write again. As I was looking back through older posts, (while trying not to be overly self-conscious about things I wrote in the past, and remembering that cringing at your old work is a sign that you have grown)… I noticed a set of goals I had written up for…

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De-linking…

De-linking…

Update: One year later, I am re-linking the blog. I’m starting to feel like writing again. I still don’t have a purpose in mind, so expectations should be low for the quality of any future posts…   I’ve never promoted this blog, as I was never sure what I was doing with it, but I have now decided to de-link it from my site. Which means, odds are there won’t be any readers. I’m cool with this. I’ve made a…

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My Code has reached Critical Mass

My Code has reached Critical Mass

I’ve found that applications have a bit of a back and forth to their development over time. They start out with a specific structure, that meet the original requirements. But as customer use the apps, new features are added, usage changes, new bits of code are thrown in. And over time, the clean design that you started with starts to get a bit hairy. But it still works, so while the code might not win you any awards, neither is…

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I have removed Hacker News from my daily reading list.

I have removed Hacker News from my daily reading list.

Hacker News has always been an interesting discussion board.  It focuses on the web startup community, which brings some pros and cons to the discussion. The good of that focus is that there is a lot of talk about new ways of doing things, innovations, and discussions about new technology platforms, libraries, and even business practices. It has always been a good place to hear about new things. The bad is that it has massive blinders on, only really being…

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New Laptop

New Laptop

I just purchased a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro to help me with a few things: To allow me to work away from my basement office To let me work from Florida next month. To let me test multi-user real-time apps better. To let me test touch-screen UIs better. To free up my old laptop for my kids. And it occurred to me that even though i purchased the lower end model of these, it is still an extremely impressive piece…

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The Myth of Developer Productivity

The Myth of Developer Productivity

Many discussions that I read online talk about making sure that your products are designed in such a way that they are easy to maintain, in order to maximize your developers’ productivity. In theory, that sounds good — efficient development is a good thing. Productive workers are a good thing. Speedy development of new features is a good thing. So what is wrong with aiming for productive software development as a goal? The problem is that productive developers should not…

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Taking Accountability as a Software Developer

Taking Accountability as a Software Developer

One of the aspects of being an old guy writing code is that I see a lot of behavior from younger and/or less experienced developers that comes off as unprofessional to me. I try not to judge anyone for being unprofessional – I was no better when I was young. But I had older people around who would occasionally call me on my behavior and explain to me that there may be better ways to handle things. Hence this blog post…

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Dear jQuery, I’m not in love with you anymore.

Dear jQuery, I’m not in love with you anymore.

  jQuery is now as pervasive in web development as a javascript framework could reasonably be. And a few years back, when I first started with it, it solved a massive amount of problems, and brought a plethora of bells and whistles to web development. But its killer feature, the one that drove people to use it, was that everything you did with jQuery worked in all browsers. In the days when we all still have to support IE6, that…

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2013 Year End

2013 Year End

This year was spent changing almost everything in our lives: We moved from Colorado to Utah We moved from suburbia to a small farm in a small town. The kids started homeschooling. I started a new job. (10 projects completed, plus one major project still in the works, and 200 specific tasks completed to make those projects happen.) There is almost nothing that stayed the same this year. It is difficult to even begin to write up a review, so…

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Rekindling my writing

Rekindling my writing

I have had blogs off and on over the years, some of which received significant audiences, with a few notable posts over the years. However, the past 2 years, I have written nothing, and actually deleted most of my old content. I am now feeling that something is missing in my life. Despite the fact that blogs are not exactly the latest and greatest mechanism for online content creation, I find that a blog fulfills something important to me, namely writing. I…

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