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Post-Government Shutdown/October Progress

Derpy cat - why not?

I decided to put up a derpy cat. My reasoning? Why not.

Anyway, it's been a while since my last post. Since the Government shutdown lasted an agonizing 16 days (at least, agonizing since I've been an adult, since the last one was in 1996 when I was too young to know the difference), I've heard more than enough about the parks closing, veterans storming the gates, furloughed paychecks, federal services that closed, etc.

Since the Government shutdown is now over (as a seemed force-of-hand by the Republican party), hopefully this process can be easier to proceed.

Anyway, government techno jargon aside, here's what's been keeping me busy:
  • I've picked up progress on WNC Local again, and it seemed that my thought process almost repeated itself since I worked for a few hours only to realize that the work was already done (yeah, I feel stupid). I've been working on the front end aspects and it seems to be coming along nicely. According to the original timeframe, we are right on track, but I'm hoping to move the timeframe up some.
  • Since we launched the new Shadow Dev site, there were a few things that weren't quite finished. I believe that I have patched up those few things and polished up, including the services pages. I was able to write a posting about the Q4 expectations and celebrated 8 years of Shadow Dev. It's not completely glorious, but it's better than completely shutting down.
  • After reviewing the analytical data, I realized that Two Cats wasn't getting any traffic. I realized that the site wasn't active and it had to do with some misplaced site files within the internal file structure from the new Shadow Dev design launch. I took about 15 minutes and remedied that today. The site itself isn't fully functioning, but I've decided to pick up the coding again.
  • Basically, here's my work docket: WNC Local, CityFix, OmniCard, Two Cats Studios, Lunar Productions Beta, Zoomiform, and ScrumIt (and eWaiter, but it has a long way to go). Yeah - that's everything I have so far.
  • I'm also working on (again) integrating the WePay API into the services to help online charges and auto-payments. It's been a challenge and I believe I'm up to it, but it will just take time.

In (what's left of) my personal life:
  • I started watching Yu Gi Oh on Hulu. I know it's been over a decade since I've seen the series, but at least I can now watch the series in order and finish up the series (since after Duel City, the new series started - I don't know (or care) what the name of the series was, because I stopped watching it).
  • Keat and I attended War of the Wings last week, and it was a lot of fun. One of the many things I can say about it is that it was a lot more comfortable than previous WoW's. The temperature never reached about 75, and the nights were never below 60, which meant that the heat wasn't too unbearable and the nights were nice and cozy under the blankets, but never enough to bring out the cloaks/capes for warmth. There were a lot of other items that were fun, but I won't go into it here because it will take up 5 pages of text. If you want to know, ask me, because I have a great story about an idiot on the Archery range.

And, just for good measurement, here's a comic that I can relate to as far as Retail work:
Retail jobs are obsolete


Tags:#dilbert #derpy #warofthewings #wnclocal #omnicard #yugioh #lunarproductions #zoomiform #twocatsstudios #cityfix #shadowdev

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Early Bird get the....you know the rest

Good morning world! Yes, it is 3:47am here on the east coast, and what am I doing? I am at work! Not because someone forced me to be here at this ungodly hour, but because I wanted to. Yes, I am that insane.

Don't believe me? Here's a photo I took about 30 minutes ago:


Actually, I'm not that insane. Most developers work best at night, and since Keat is out of town for 24 hours, I thought it would be a good chance to come in and get some work done without the distraction of home (and since Netflix doesn't (completely) work on Linux, I can't stream it from the office. Pandora on the other hand is a joyous pleasure).

Usually at this time, I have been up for 12+ hours and have been drugging away all day with the standard day-to-day activities. This time, I've turned the tables. I went home after work yesterday, got some dinner, finished "Rules of Engagement" (at least, Season 6 on Netflix), slept from 10:30 till 2:30, got dressed, had breakfast, fed the kitties, got all of my materials together, came to work, loaded up Pandora, got some tea ready, and I'm working! YAY!

I don't want to jinx the day so early, but I would like to estimate that today looks like it will be a good day.

Anyway, my expectation is to get a lot of development-specific work done during these wee hours. We'll see how things go.

On the brighter side (ha, get it? Because it's before sunrise.......), I thought I'd post a few comics here to free up my un-used collection. Enjoy, and Good Morning!









Tags:#goodmorning #shadowdevelopment #keat #dilbert #bug #kitty #linux #netflix #badjoke

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Post Xmas Update

RealLife

I thought an off-key Star Trek reference would be a nice catchup. I knew at the beginning of the year that 2012 would be a year of change, just like 2008. So far, every night after I've gotten home from work, I've been working around the clock as well. With a Wii at home and Internet, I've been very active on Netflix when Keat doesn't have it.

As of now, my project list consists of: MySD, Receipt Rescue (a lot of planning has been done in the past few weeks), ScrumIt (total reconstruction), Zoomiform (replanning as well), and a few others I can't recall right now.

I rewatched Eureka seasons 2 and 3 on Netflix in 10 days.

Keat's parents came to visit last Friday, and we did a massive cleaning spree on the house. To be honest, it looks a lot better.

Tom and I have had a lot of conversations over the past few days over the infrastructure of Shadow Dev policies, and we are still working on making some major improvements.

On a related note, we've hired on a new designer, Brandon Knight, and are in negotiations of hiring a new sales person. More details to come.
Dilbert


The really bad/odd/maybe good thing is that I've been going to bed around 3am every night for the past week. Main reason: coding at night, as expected when we got the Internet at the house.

Also, is it just me, or does it seem like as soon as your Inbox gets empty, it fills back up quicker than it took to empty it? I mean, my inbox had accumulated about 20 emails I had to take care of over the course of 3 months. I finally archived/deleted/responded to the emails throughout the course of a day, and I received 40+ more important emails at the end of the day. So, it seems like my inbox will always have at least 20 emails at any time, no matter what I do.

I've also been working a lot on a new client's site, sakisushi.net - we've done some major improvements and it's coming along quite nicely. Also, we just got the contract for a non-profit student organization in Charlotte helping Tourette's Syndrome. Honestly, this seems like a win-win situation for us and them. More information can be found on the Shadow Dev blog at shadowdev.com/blog/article/new-client-walk-for-robbie-tourettes-inspiring-charlotte-students .

Keat and I have also been playing Wii a lot, both on the entertainment side and on the physical fitness side. Having a Wii fitness in the house is really helping out keeping us on a fitness schedule.

We've also made some improvements to the main shadowdev.com site and made a major jump on SEO and Social Media scores. +1 for us!

Also, we are working on a new Media Package to offer to customers. I won't release much information right now, but I will say this: website, QR codes, social media accounts/pages, SEO, toll free number, social media management, and more for a great price! We should have more details by the end of the month. In addition, we should also have a new marketing idea that we should be able to launch by the end of the month as well. Take a look at the local restaurants and high-traffic areas in Haywood County to know more.

Keat's doing well at school. She has 4 japanese classes (1 language, 1 film, 1 anime/manga (I don't know how she got that), and 1 more), 1 math, and 1 ENT course. To be honest: my hopes go out to her during this semester. Having 2 part time jobs and taking 18 hours at school.....I know I went crazy in the spring of 2008 when I had 2 part time jobs, 15 hours at school, plus preparing for a national business competition and local business competition. My transcript shows it.

Almost forgot! On December 31st, I wrote 5 more pages to Neko Sentou! Volume 14 is almost complete!

Well, I have an early day tomorrow. I'm going to call it a night now.


Tags:#brandonknight #emails #dilbert #reallife #sakisushi #tics

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Anti-Virus Software

I think this explains a lot about Anti-Virus software manufacturers.



Tags:#dilbert #antivirus #hulu

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Bachelor for a Week - Day 3: Lazy Day

Dilbert

Yep, today was a lazy day. I was awoken at 10am sharp by a fellow door-to-door "Do You Believe In God" advertiser, and after that, I went back to bed. My plan was to sleep for a hour, then go into the office. I didn't get into the office till 3. So 3 till 8, not a bad (or good) work day length-wise. So far, that makes....what? 26 hours so far? Either way, I'm still ahead of schedule if I'm going to get 40 hours in this week (is that too much to say since I'm employed by myself?).

Anyway, I did some more work on the Site Analyzer and it's coming along nicely. It's not 100% perfect yet, but it's pretty close.

I also watched 6 episodes of Voyager today. I just finished the one that Kim Rhodes is in. I think I first saw her in Zack and Cody, but she still has a unique perspective on her acting style.

I've also downloaded SpinFire for Android. As a hint from @WhitsonGordon, I've explored it and it seems a lot better than the stock browser. I had Dolphin for a while, but Android 2.1 only has <20MB of free space, and no APP2SD support, so I'm stuck uninstalling items to install new ones. 2.1 sucks - I can't wait till I upgrade and finally get 2.2+. If you are wondering why I still have 2.1, it's because I have the Eris, and Google/Verizon don't want to upgrade the Eris for some unknown [insert curse words]in' reason.

Anyway, that's pretty much the extent of my day. I better get home and let the kitties out before it gets too dark.

Also, here's a bonus comic I've wanted to share for a while. One hint: SPLORF!
Dilbert


Tags:#sinfest #dilbert #kitties #voyager #android

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Bachelor for a Week

Well, it's here again. The week that I am alone. Keat's with her parents spanning the US (NC to CO, AZ, NM, and others). All I have is 3 cats and only 1 internet connection. This is going to be a LONG week. In addition to keat being gone for a week, our new sales person will be gone from Wednesday till next Thursday. So I will literally be alone from Wednesday till Saturday, when I pick Keat up at the Airport.

But enough griping....here's today's comic:

Non-Sequitor

In plight of the major downside, I've made some great improvements and completed some major work that I've been needing to complete over the past few weeks.


  • I've added a mobile image optimizer to my blog. The images will now be loaded to 10% of their original filesize for faster loading on mobile devices

  • I've finished work on NSMT's password complexity, as well as finished a 180-day expiration policy. It's taken a longer than usual, but it has been completed. Now, on to the rest of the to-do list

  • I've added shadowdev.co as an official URL shortener for Shadow Dev. There are more details on the Shadow Dev Blog. Right now, it's not really open to the public, but general readers can create shortened url's at shadowdev.co/shorten - we are working on some analytic procedures and may have those up within the next week or so (at least on a basic level)

  • I've also created a nice 404 page for our URL shortner. You can view it at shadowdev.co/nonfolder (this doesn't exist, so you should get a 404 error). Thanks to the @Oatmeal for those images
    TumblBeasts

  • I've created some HowTo articles on the Shadow Dev blog - mainly about some techno-babble like DNS systems, Proxy servers, and Email hacking solutions

  • I've been on a Voyager-trek (no pun intended) for the past few days, and without (borrowing) Keat's laptop, I can't watch it at home (and our PS3 has a faulty laser, so that's out of the question), so I've been watching it at the office all day. I am at the end of Season 5 and about to begin Season 6. I'm so glad that I've been able to watch all of the episodes in chronological order and without commercial breaks
    PvP
    Although this is from April, I thought this would be appropriate since I'm on a Voyager-trek

  • I received my new license in the mail today (with my updated address). However, my license still expires in Feb of 2012, so I still have to go get it updated then. So basically, my license is good for about 6 months

  • I've also created 3 major cron jobs: one to report 404 errors to me to see where people have been trying to access (and block attackers), one to update YUM on a nightly basis, and one to send weekly reminders to our Independent Contractors to send in their weekly status report

  • We've finally received info from one of our clients that has been pretty quiet. I hope that the rest of the information we receive should be able to make the site live (especially since they wanted it on July 15, but we had no information to go live)

  • I played WhiteWolf with Kat on Saturday, and we've progressed fairly far. I had 1 quest to get a Silver Braided Cord to trade for a skill, and now I/We had to go to a trailer park and "take care of it". Right now, we are stuck mid-dash trying to get away from the trailer park. We'll see what happens in a few weeks when the episode resumes


That's it for now. I'm sure this is a lot to read, so I'll leave you (the reader) with additional comics, one I think may make my generation cry a bit.

Corpse Run
Dilbert



Tags:#corpserun #cron #witewolf #url #shadowdev.co #dilbert #keat #non-sequitor

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Bonus: Fix the HTML!

Just checked my reader, and saw this. Thought I'd share it since it deals with my favorite (and most annoying) field.



And this is appropriate for last weekend:


Tags:#dilbert #bonus #thesystem

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Weekend of Unplanning


+10 points if you can correctly guess which episode and series this came from.

Anyway, the main point of this post is to discuss this weekend. Sure it's Memorial Day weekend, and I'm proud of our active and non-active heroes in the military and non-military fields, but that's aside the point.

To start off with, I am currently at Nags Head beach for the weekend. This was not really of my choice. I have a lot of work to do for the business, and it seems like with the way that Keat's parents were acting, we are staying Friday till Monday in the Nags Head area. My parents wanted to hold a get-tigether with both of my sisters and us to celebrate Jinnee's birthday, Jarrod's graduation, and Keat's graduation. It originally was planned for last weekend, which we had open, but then based on Jinnee's schedule, it had to be re-scheduled for THIS weekend, and since Keat's parents wanted us over for Memorial Day weekend, and wanted us over for 2 weeks originally. While we did NOT have 2 weeks to spare, we were able to get it down to about 4 days.

Long story short: Keat's parents are nice and everything, but it seems that the whole concept of "vacation" usually doesn't mean anything to them. They like to discuss things (or as they say: "talk about it") that Keat has issues with (from their standpoint), yet anything that has to deal with us, Keat's dad will only talk to her and not me.

This has been the actual proof-of-concept that proves that Keat's parents know what a "vacation" is. So far, all we have done is gone on the beach and gotten sunburnt (don't remind me). A lot of family is over and it seems like the only way that they can "talk" to us is to pull us aside and out of the way. As they are the "hosts" of this little "get-together", it seems kind of hard for them to do that. In addition, we are also staying at a family friends' house, which reduces the chance of them "talking" to us.

On a semi-related note, my sister sent over a text which seemed like she was super-mad at me. I can kinda understand, since apparently my parents had a special "celebratory dinner" which I was not told about. I sent her a response saying that we were not told about the dinner and based on the original idea of Keat's parents, we were lucky to get 4 days out of the original 2 week plan (and could not get out of it). I haven't received anything back yet which means she understands the situation (either by my text or talking to Mom, who knew our schedule), or she's even more pissed at me, which I'M SORRY for. I would have loved to stay Memorial Day weekend with my parents, even if a few chores are involved, but trying to manage 2 schedule requests for 1 person ain't that easy.

I do have some good news, though. Late on Wednesday (the day before we left), I was flipping through some channels at my parent's place and saw Boomerang playing Swat Kats, one of the best shows ever! Because I was curious, I found that WB stopped selling the Swat Kats DVD's, but that doesn't means that other sellers don't have it. While searching for the DVD set, I also came across another great series called ReBoot, which was one of the first (and possibly greatest) CG series that ever came around.

On a more good-news note: I'm watching a Mythbusters marathon on Discovery channel, one of my favorite shows which I haven't seen in so many months since Discovery doesn't have an agreement with Hulu yet, so I can't watch my missed episodes (and they don't have episodes on Discovery.com/mythbusters yet).

While I try to heal this unsightly and uncomfortable sunburn and work on some of these client projects that are due by Tuesday, I hope your memorial day weekend goes better than mine.

And while I'm at it, here's a bonus comic:


and if you like bonuses, here's another comic (I have a whole gallery that I need to catch up on):


Goodnight!


Tags:#mythbusters #swatkats #reboot #graduation #vacation #xkcd #bug #dilbert

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Quaint

Over the weekend, it has been super busy with all of the house hunting and dealing with Keat's parents. The word of the day had to be "quaint" because that is the only term that we could use to describe some of the houses. One that we saw seemed like it was out of a Dr. Seuss book (literally). After saying "goodbye" to her parents, the sanity could once return to our world.
Dilbert

This comic seems to sum up my list of to-do's around the office. Although I only had 2 days of actual work last week (as seen in my last posting), I frantically spent all of Wednesday cleaning up the apartment. After flying through the place, making sure everything had it's own little home, Keat's parents walk in on Saturday (or Friday? I don't recall - all of those days blurred together), the only comment they could say is "what a crummy place". I'm sorry - we are the ones who live there, and for us, this is clean (you can see the floor and there aren't clothes strewn everywhere [wow, I think that's the first time I've used that word]). For doing a super-fast clean-up from a pseudo-packing task, I say it's pretty good.

All stress aside, we did see one house that we really liked. I won't go much into details yet (so I don't jinx it), but her parents are placing the bids on the house. As I was afraid of, her parents also have a LONG list of "requirements" to be met before anything can proceed (with us, not the house). I won't go into that because that could be another blog entry on its own.

Now, we're back to work, nearly a week after I made the last posting. A lot of work and so little time.

Edit: Little side note, but Keat finally graduated from HCC on Thursday! I didn't mean to overshadow this with the parent visit, but I wanted to let the world know!
Keat HCC Grad


Tags:#dilbert #house #apartment

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Ketchup

Wow, has it really been over a month since I posted last? It seems like yesterday that I made my last post. Since then, it's been nothing but busywork and client jobs.

Here's a comic to help relate to my previous month+ of absence:
Dilbert

I won't bore anybody with the finer details of what has happened over the past month, but here's a quick overview (just to keep you entertained):

- last week was a week of bad luck: had a co-worker's computer crash (had to re-install A LOT of software and do a full hard drive backup since the backup manager wasn't syncing everything), had the roof of an office space collapsed and spewed water and insulation all over, the co-worker had to find an old copy of Office 2007 so his SBA software would work right (OOo didn't cut it, unfortunately), prepared for a client's Open House, worked at said client's Open House, had both of our PPT and SEO seminars (which went great, with the exception that our PR got out late (again) and the first attendee showed up before we did), had a confused conversation with a current client over a chart display, had a very odd sewer smell in the office all week (turned out to be a lack of water in the drainage system; finally solved that after playing the "blame game" with the building secretary), one of the units got a fresh coat of paint which made the whole building smell odd, our first marketing order arrived (YAY!) and a client got some custom t-shirts, Tokyopop shut down their US office (not relevant, but I thought it was important news to mention), switched our DNS servers to CloudFlare which made the response rate lower dramatically and the uptime much higher, helped a client with a business plan for a competition (after having to re-write most of it), had some confusion over a potential client website and the hosting issue, finally switched over 2 clients DNS records (one had a major pain trying to get her domain from her old provider), made a video for switching over DNS records for said (and future) clients, had a mixup of payment systems for a client (although they had an invoicing system from the credit processor, they wanted another one created from us; we got a call today saying they wanted to go with the credit processor's invoicing system instead of ours, which we are okay with), said client had confusion when issuing credit to organization payers, uploaded the financial reports for the past 4 quarters to the corporate site, had some SSH and FTP issues with the server (solved?), went to a new Thai restaurant in downtown, had a large influx of followers for both my and the business's twitter accounts, got a DM from George Takei on Twitter (YAY!), and that's about it for last week.
George Takei DM

- not much else happened in the past month, aside from getting some insurance quotes, WCU getting a new chancellor, offering remote tech support for some clients, received an email that was sent 7 months ago (talk about being lost in cyberspace), had a mis-payment of a license (which was fixed), participated in a ΠΛΦ ΩΖ initiation, had a hard communication with a client's old hosting service, attended my first MeetUp, uploaded a few videos of Niko and Chi, installed our first successful SSL certificate, got 2 new clients signed on, and worked on other client works (still have no time for other projects), wrote a few informational articles, and got a mini squishy fox!
Squishy Fox!


That's about it for the past month. I'll try to be better about posting on a regular basis and not every other month.


Tags:#dilbert #pilambdaphi #server #georgetakei #squishy #dns #ssh #ftp #sba #tokyopop #office #ppt #seo #pr #ssl #niko #chi #

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Birthday Times

I'm feeling super generous today, so here's two comics:






I thought I could make this update last week during my actual birthday (Wednesday), but last week was extremely looooooooong for me and Keat. Her aunt passed away last Sunday, and we traveled 480 miles across North Carolina from Waynesville to Nags Head on Tuesday, which was one of the longest trips I ever made (especially since we left after Keat's class was done at 2). Once we arrived, we crashed for the night and went to the funeral on Wednesday (which was very emotional, by the way, but I never went to a funeral on my birthday before), left for Tortuga's Lie (great seafood restaurant, and it was Sushi night, so I got some Sake!) we were all tired and left Thursday morning to drive 480 miles back to Asheville on Thursday. With the addition of the traveling from Nags Head to Columbia (NC) and back (and back to Asheville), it was close to 1000 miles in 1 week. I kept getting the notion from Keat's mom asking if I had a funeral on my birthday before. I kept saying "No, but I've had a Physics test before", and that happened about 4 times.

After we came back, our new friends in Apt #1 (Jen and Ty) invited us over to their place for beer and monopoly. That was very interesting, especially since Keat and I had about 4 beers each (which is a lot for us). We also cleaned up the apartment on Friday, which helped out a bit.

Our friend Kat invited us to Biltmore Estate on Saturday, which was very fun, but I don't want to walk around for 7 hours anymore. My legs still hurt from Saturday.......ow.

I got to work this morning at 7:45am, and still here at this hour. I finally figured out why the 3rd IP address wasn't added to my account (when I ordered it on Feb 9th) - it was because the order got stalled.....again. It seems like that is a recurring theme on my account: orders will stall and require an extra "push" from an Admin before it can successfully be processed. After getting that canceled and re-submitted, it was a fairly eventful day, with the education and installiation of the Intuit credit processing for EAUC, the status updates and video production for NSMT, the SEO Seminar preparation, and the sudden loss-of-internet for about an hour at the office (the county came over and tried to do something (I don't know what they were doing), and when they were working, the internet went out - found out about 20 minutes later that the College lost their connection, so the whole county was out for about an hour). What a day. I'm going home now to rest.....

One last thing: I found out that I'm (should be) in a book! It's called "Starting Your Career as a Freelance Web Designer" and it's available via Amazon! It is scheduled to be published in August, so I can't wait till it comes out.

I also made a logo for Zoomiform (aka: Business Accelerator) and registered the domain for it, and an official logo for Infinity.

Also, you would think that since Intuit is one of the biggest credit processing and accounting companies in the world, their online credit processing procedures would be easy. YEAH RIGHT. Unlike Sage (which NSMT used), Intuit is extremely difficult to integrate. They want you to use THEIR systems or nothing at all. So I'll be spending the next few days trying to figure out how to do that properly. I found a nice little PHP DevKit for Intuit systems, and got it to successfully return a test environment, and now have to figure out how to make it live and work with real funds. That should be fun. Night!


Tags:#dilbert #xkcd #biltmore #monopoly #eauc #nsmt #nagshead #travel

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Calling it a night

Dilbert

After 2.5 weeks working on the same thing, I'm calling it a night. I finally have the advanced record modifier done for a client. It uses jQuery to find eligible fields, turns them into a textbox on click, allows for editing of the content, and auto-saves it when the field is clicked out. I spent the past few weeks trying to get the .live function to work with the .bind function, only to have the whole system backfire on me. I finally did a small-scale model from scratch, and made the whole system work in 25 lines (with error trapping and notifications). I was baffled that I could get this 25-line jQuery to work properly and more, but couldn't get it in my original 200+ line script. I finally decided to scrap that and use my small scale model to do that. After some initial tweaking, it finally worked. I then had to add some features covering drop down boxes, and that worked as well. Afterwards, I made a tutorial video for the client showing the New system in action, and just emailed them about that. Here's the code now:
$(document).ready(function(){
 
  $("div.clickbox").live('click', function(){
 
    // find the box's name and value
 
    var boxname=$(this).attr('name');
 
    var boxval=$(this).text();
 
    if ($(this).has('form').length==0){ // dont add form if it exists
 
      $(this).html("
"); $("#box").focus(); } $("#box").blur(function(){ var boxname=$("#box").attr('name'); var boxval=$("#box").val(); $.post("save.php", {name: boxname, box: boxval}, function(data){ //alert(data); //troubleshooting }); $.get('fetch.php', false, function(data){ $("#results").html(data); //get the results as we add more }); // replace the text box with the value $(this).parent().parent().html($("#box").val()); }); //dont submit the form if someone presses Enter $('#boxform').submit(function(){ return false; }); }); $('#results').load('fetch.php'); //initially show the results });
I'm sure there is an easier way to do this, but for the basic jQuery knowledge I have, this works.

On the flip side, I have a lot to do for this client. My todo list is already growing, and it seems that they keep emailing me with new features and ideas. I hope they know that we have other clients waiting to get work done as well.

I came in this morning (early afternoon?) and was determined to finish the jQuery record modifier. I also received word that a tenant had some internet issues, so I made sure to take care of that first since I didn't get to see her Friday (like I promised). After about an hour of debugging and troubleshooting, I guessed that the wireless device was bad, so I went to the office, got a spare one (thank god), and replaced it. She was up and running in a matter of minutes.

I then got an email from the Executive Director of the building asking for some Tech help with installing a program. He was out of the office at the time, so I emailed him saying to tell me when he got back in and I'd take a look at it. I got a text from Keat saying to pick her up from school, and a short moment later, the Executive Director walks in and says he's here. I ask him to wait about 30 minutes, and I'll be right in. I went to go pick up Keat, got back, helped him install a piece of software, and got back in the office. By this time, it was 2:15. I hadn't even touched the system.

I finished up my Reader and went to tidy up some loose ends I had yesterday. IE was giving me a headache because of a new request the Client had asked (switching two sections on the main page). Everything was fine yesterday until I went to email them saying it was done, but I got the idea to check the page in IE first. I did that, and (of course) IE messed everything up. I tried to insert some IE-specific CSS, but IE didn't want that. I finally made the code inline, and still no luck - that's when I went home last night. After re-looking at it, I made one small change (deleting the space between -- and [ for the IE-specific CSS comment), and that worked. Finally, 1 task down. Time to work on the Record modifier.

...and that brings us to the beginning of the post. I'm glad to call that Task complete, but I can guarantee that for every 1 task completed for this client, I'm gonna get 2 more. It seems like my todo list will never end.

I'm trying to teach Keat how to do some basic coding (do cover some of the more basic work while I work on the advanced stuff), but it seems that we either can't find a common time to do it, or every time we CAN do it, something comes up and we can't train. We're looking to hire an additional developer soon (if this work load keeps up) and an HR person down the road. Don't know how salary will be, but I'll look into that once I'm done with this ever-growing todo list.

PS: I also beat R&C: Up Your Arsenal last night. It took forever to get R&C 1 to the point where I could get the 10% discount on weapons, and the boss fight only took me 4 tries, but I will give the overall game a 9/10 on fun.


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YAY! Server issues are.....*meow* SHUT UP!!

Dilbert

Today was a very snowy day. Lots of snow and not a lot of travel. I wonder if we'll be snowed in tomorrow or not. Hopefully not.

Not much really happened today. Keat had the Marketing Plan to work on and finish, which she did while we watched a number of American Dad episodes. I received a call on the 800 number from a potential client, and after the call was done, I was super excited: the potential client fits our target market perfectly! I mean, after revamping our current marketing strategy, we're seeking out organizations and businesses who have gone through a web designer/developer/firm already and were dissatisfied with the results, either through the vanishing points of contact to the updated site design, and even with something as simple as missing updates. When the client becomes frustrated with their current site provider and they want to seek out a better firm, that's where we come into play! As the motto says, "Simply Professional, Professionally Simple™", and we hold that true to today!

I also received an email from the support guy saying that he couldn't find anything wrong that would cause the downtime on the server. He said that there was a cron job (Geek-to-English: a cron job is a scheduled task in a Linux system) set to run every 30 minutes, and he changed it to every hour. I haven't received any downtime-related emails since about 6 or so tonight, so I guess that solved the issue. I checked the cron jobs and only saw 1 other cron job aside from the one I set. The other cron job was a system-wide backup (or so I can guess), and doing one every 30 minutes may cause the downtime issue. As I said, I haven't received any downtime emails since then, so hopefully that solved it.

I also received an email from our vet-tech friend discussing Chi. She said:
Cats go into heat from about Feb to Nov. They usually don't go 
 
into heat in Dec and Jan, though they can certainly do so. Cats 
 
essentially go into heat all year long, constantly, until bred. 
 
They can go into heat, be out of heat for a week, and go right 
 
back into heat. they can even go into heat while still nursing 
 
their young, and get pregnant again. They are very prolific 
 
breeders.

Apparently, female cats can go in and out of heat quite frequently (just great) and she gave us a reference to check out for getting Chi spayed. If all else fails, we can take Chi down to her and she'll do it (although she's about 1.5 hours away from our home, so that may take a while or a weekend trip). Chi's been pretty good all day, especially when she was asleep on the bed. BUT when she was up and about, all we heard was "MEROW MEROW MEROROROW mrrrrrRRROOW" again and again and again (she likes to turn purr's into meow's). I think my favorite phrase today was "Chi, I love ya, but please SHUT UP!" I think I also said "For the sake of my sanity, please SHUT UP!" a few times during the day. I know Chi didn't listen, but it felt better to say that. Although it's been a pain trying to keep her from peeing on stuff.

One last note: ......GREAT SCOTT!!! There's a Back to the Future Game! Saw it on my reader via GameTrailers.com, and just had to share it! After 25 years, when the first one came out, there is finally a BttF game! YAY! Had an interest in obtaining the trilogy, and found that Wal-mart has it for $32! What a deal!

Another last note: the neighbors finally came home and took care of their dog. The "female" came home at about 6am and stayed for a while, then we knew she was gone when the dog went "HROOOOWWWLLLL" again. We realized that both of them came home around 6pm, so (for the dog's sake) we're glad they're home.


Tags:#bttf #backtothefuture #chi #cron #downtime #americandad #dilbert

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Server transfer almost done!

Dilbert

A lot happened today, but I want to keep this short so I can recreate it if need be; the server transfer is almost done and the last thing to be transfered is the shadowdev.com core. That pretty much means 85% of the files on the web server (including this subdomain). I can't wait till the transfer is done so this headache can be over.

I already vented to Keat, so the majority of my 'rant' is over. However, I'll sum it up for quick-reading purposes. I:
- added Hugh to the Advisor list on the Shadow Dev sites and sent out a short PR announcing his Advisor-ship;
- sent Dad the Alpaca information, only to find out that he already met the people and he's not pursuing that course of action;
- called Progress Energy and found out that the payment station didn't scan the account number on my check right and charged me 13.50 + my payment, but the operator was very friendly and helped me through the process, including paying online and avoiding the stupid $4.95 online processing fee;
- called the Auto shop and finally rescheduled my tire rod appointment that I had to postpone 2 weeks ago; added ALL of the email forwarding rules to the new server;
- finally figured out the stupid open_basedir issue on the new server and solved that (long story short: had to manually edit the new httpd.conf files one-by-one); semi-caught up on Eureka Season 4 (ep. 5-9, until 1-4 become available and/or episodes 10-20 air);
- manually updated ALL of the databases on the new server (the support guy was transferring them one-by-one, which was taking forever, so I exported the info out of phpMyAdmin on the old server and imported it on the new server; est. time of competition: 1 hr);
- found out that the article that The Mountaineer came to us for back at the beginning of the month is scheduled to be published on Wednesday (yay!);
- talked to Allan about the SMDC Expo event and got some of the 'minor' details out of the way;
- re-croned the new server to perform the "reminder" cron job every minute of every day (after I realized that the main php module was in a different location;
- loaded Seesmic on my laptop, which is easier to manage than TweetDeck, but I would like the integrated desktop feature for constant notifications of mentions and replies;
- stopped by the Waynesville Rec center and took a tour - really like it and may join in the next few months;
- browsed the "Internets" and found a lot of good stuff: duly tweeted
- and of course, did my standard stuff for every day (check reader, reply to email, etc);
- then came home and did some last-minute cleaning before the inspection tomorrow
....And that was my Monday.

Can't wait to see what Tuesday brings up!


Tags:#dilbert #smdc #php #tweet #cron #expo #progress #transfer #subdomain #alpaca #eureka #hugh

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Today - Headache = Good Day


Today wasn't bad. I woke up around 11am (no alarm) without a hint of a headache and it felt great. Keat and I spent the majority of the day cleaning the apartment to get ready for the inspection. We watched a lot of Eureka again today, and I think we're up to Episode 8 of Season 2. This is actually a series I would like to buy. Anybody know of any good sources? So far, I can't find Season 1 for less than $24. It'd be great if I could get it under $15.

Chi's still in heat, and it's driving us nuts. She's peeing everywhere she can and we're tired of washing things. Although things are getting cleaner, it's really a pain.

On to a better topic, I received a message from a Entrepreneur friend on FB from WCU, and he said "This is my new business. Would appreciate you "liking" it so I can build a following. Feel free to drop me a line if you want to talk small business sometime." Interesting idea, so I sent out a few invites for the Shadow Dev FB page and had a bunch of people "Like" it within 30 minutes. Not bad for a shot-in-the-dark blanket marketing message.

Didn't really do much else today. More cleaning tomorrow, and hopefully I get that Interview sheet done by Monday.

I should also be able to get the servers upgraded on Monday. Can't wait for that transition.....*cough cough*


Tags:#facebook #dilbert #eureka #shadowdev