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First Day of Spring shows progress

Programmers vs Users

The main reason I am writing this post is because I'm really excited that I have made a lot of progress.

First, I found a great Parallax framework and created my first parallax site. Long story short: the most recent site I worked on, Omega Safety had very little content compared to lots of other sites, so I thought a Parallax framework would work best, in addition to allow me to test and play with the Parallax framework.


Standard Site Work



Parallax Framework




So far, the Parallax framework is a lot simpler than creating a new site. The main focus is on images rather than content, so the content can be spread out over space instead of crammed into little boxes. I call that: progress.

I have also started moving content to our new server with our new hosting company. Progress will be reported later on that.

Forgot one thing: we are getting over 1 inch of snow. It will be interesting to see what tomorrow brings.


Tags:#parallax #newserver #omegasafety

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End of 2011

I thought I'd go head and get one last posting in here before the end of the year.

First....
BC Picture Day for Firefox!

Anyway, I know I've been slacking on this whole "blog" thing, but I can assure you that it will come to and end! (the slacking, not the blog). Here's a run down of what has kept me super busy over the past week or so:

  • I have surrendered to The Big Bang Theory. Finally watched it, and now I'm a fan. I must agree: Smart is the new Sexy. I know I'm about 4 years too late, but better late than never, right?

  • We went to Keat's parent's beach house for Xmas. It was fun. Traveled over 1000 miles. Yay. That's all I can say.

  • We got a Wii for Xmas! Yay! Now we can watch Netflix on our TV

  • Been working hard on planning some new seminars for Shadow Dev. One deals with the Mobile market and one deals with taking brick-and-mortar stores online

  • Also been working on notes and storylines for our two new mangas: Phoenix Eye and All Souls Crescent

  • Been working/studying/planning on a new version of MyShadowDev to help clients check/report things

  • Rearranged my desk before I left. Looks nice:
    Deskchisaineko.shadowdev.com - so far, looks good

  • My laptop is on its deathbed. The fan is about to give out after so many years. It's wheezing so much it's hard to talk over it. I checked in on the warranty from Best Buy, and wouldn't you know it: it expired on 12/26! On Monday! I should have taken it in last week and had them fix it over Xmas break! So basically I have a delima: pay $90+ to have it shipped off, diagnosed, and (hopefully) fixed; pay $900 for a new laptop; or pay $200x2 to get some new desktops (Yes, Windows - some of my programs only run on Windows and I'm not paying $900 to get the Crossover software, and until they create a stable Wine, I can't use a lot of the programs I want to). Personally, I think I'd go for the desktop since it provides more power with less hassle, and more customizable than a laptop. My laptop has served me well these past 3 years, but I think I'm ready to move on once it croaks (luckilly, all of my files are on a cloud. Can't say 1 specific location, because I have many.


And now for something completely different:
Penguin Hat


Also, remember Fresh Prince? I found a photo of the cast from about a week ago:
Fresh Prince, circa 2011


Chances are I won't be able to post between now and midnight tomorrow, so HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE and have an enjoyable party/celebration/sit at home.


Tags:#laptop #files #freshprince #newyear #xmas #seminars #bc #desk #netflix #wii #eureka

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Hello October!

SYAC

If you are wondering why this is my first post of October, I've been extremely busy over the past month. And I have a lot of comics I'm waiting to display in the upcoming entries.

So, here's the overview of what's kept me busy over the past month:

  • I updated my blog using HTML5 fonts instead of the JS Cufon. It processes faster and works in more modern browsers instead of having to load the page and post-process the H1 and specified div tags into the font I chose.

  • Tom and I worked on our "Intro to Shadow Dev Seminar". That took a lot more time than we expected, but the seminars we produced went well

  • We've signed on a new client: Saki Sushi! They are opening their new restaurant in the next few weeks, and we've signed on to help them get a great web presence before their opening

  • We've also signed on another new client: Cullowhee Mountain Arts, Inc, with the help of Dr. Lockwood

  • Tom and I have been running up and down Route 19 to find some new clients - had some very interesting adventures up Rt 19

  • Watch MLP:FiH episode 2 (John de Lancie was great as Discord) and episode 3, which I can sum in 2 words: unorganized chaos (emphasis on "organized")

  • I'm working on a few domains and subdomains for Shadow Dev: docs.shadowdev.com (for a documentation area (wiki-like) for our quotes to help reduce our carbon footprint instead of sending our 30+ page quotes), getmyanalysis.com (our site analysis landing page from Fox Carolina), m.getmyanalysis.com (GMA's mobile version), and a few others

  • Celebrated Shadow Dev's 6 Year Anniversary!

  • Shadow Dev joined the NFIB

  • Wrote an article about Domain Name Expiration Notices, since I'm sick and tired of them anyway

  • Registered ReceiptRescue, ScrumIt, and Zoomiform on Twitter too

  • Finally saw the season premiere of Psych! I'm so glad a new season started

  • Attended War of the Wings in Elkin. Sacred Stone won! Yay!

  • Watched Last Man Standing on Hulu. It's good to see Tim Allen back on TV

  • Attended a forum for WCU. Best part of it: "We should have a beer department!" - WCU Chancellor Belcher. I like the way he thinks!

  • Ok - I'm on Spotify now. Whoppie. It's good, and the music is more controlling, but it seems that the SAME commercial shows up after every 3rd song.

  • Beat Angry Birds without the Eagle

  • Watched the last episodes of Eureka - Season 4. Wil Wheaton had a very "Vulcan" acting style....ironic?

  • Finally saw the new Producers movie. Certainly one to look back on and laugh, in a good way. Although, I can't think about it without hearing John de Lancie singing "I want to be a Producer"....creepy (?)

  • Started a new book: Final Theory, which is pretty good. Here's a quick preview:
    ICHC

    Ok, that's not a preview. But it's cute, right? (and the book does deal with the String Theory)

  • Got our Fox Carolina ad up and got some great team shots for Shadow Dev

  • Dealt with Netflix's price increase, then the Netflix/Qwikster split, then the Qwikster descent. I believe this comic works well for this:
    the Joy of Tech


  • Received a complaint on my blog in the past few days. If you are reading this, please keep in mind that this blog is a personal reflection of myself and does not reflect the views, opinions, and/or skills of Shadow Development or any associated companies. In addition, all comics are © of their respective authors. I do not take credit or responsibility for any comics posted. (If a comic has a super-offending word in it, but the context is acceptable, I will edit the comic, but I try not to if I don't have to.) If there is something on here that offends you, let me know. Don't go behind my back and tell your friends to tell me. Have the guts to take 10 seconds to send me an email saying "Hey! I don't like this: _____________". My email address, facebook, twitter, linkedin, and other contact methods are located on the right side of every page



That just about does it for me. I know this is a little long, but I think I need to catch up for almost a month of no entries (in addition for being 20 days away from my 1 year anniversary of this blog, and 5 entries away from my 100th entry). Back to watching Mythbusters on Netflix. Yay!


Tags:#syac #joyoftech #wcu #hulu #timallen #spotify #zoomiform #receiptrescue #psych #angrybirds #newclients #mythbusters #deviantart

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Janeway's gotta have her coffee

Voyager

via geekfeed (pardon the Season 1 and Season 2+ transitions - noted by Janeway's infamous hairbun)

If I was in Janeway's position, it would be Dew, but the statement still stands.


Tags:#startrek #voyager #janeway #coffee

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Long Weekend

Garfield

Thought the above comic would work for this past weekend and the past week. I know it's been a while since I posted last, but things have been super busy. Here's the run-down of the past few weeks:

  • Shadow Dev hired 2 new employees: KC Weeks (Developer) and Dr. Thomas Hughes (Sales). We had our first "team meeting" last week, and things have been good so far.

  • I played our 2nd episode of WhiteWolf which is going nice. Keat and I went to a friend's location and had a restful and eventful weekend. It's not D&D, but it actually makes things better since it's more in real-time than in medieval times (now, if only the holodeck was real....)

  • I was mentioned in a book! YAY! The book itself is called "Starting your Career as a Freelance Web Designer", but I'm mentioned in it 4 times (along with Shadow Dev)!

  • there are a few things I'm missing, but I'm gonna call it a day and go home.


and since I haven't posted in a while, here's another comic:
Fail



Tags:#new #employees #book #garfiend

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Nuggets!

Wow, it's been over a week (almost 2) since I last posted. Does that give you any idea on how busy I have been?
Working Daze


PS: I'm calling this "Nuggets" because we are making home-made chicken nuggets for CJ tonight! YAY!

I won't go into too many finer details, but here's the rundown of the past few weeks:
Personal:

  • Best News: I'm on Google+! I've been waiting forever for a friend to send me an invite, and I finally got one! YAY!(?)

  • 2nd Best News: Netflix has all of the Star Trek Series on Instant Play! I can now watch every episode of TNG, DS9, and Voyager back to back and in chronological order! YAY!!! YAY!!! YAYAYAYAYAY!!!!! (did I say "Yay?") NYAN!

  • Keat an d I got a used PS3. It's good and all, but we think the main laser went out and we have to get it replaced. TBD

  • CJ is here for the weekend. Is there a word for "insane insanity to the insane max?" If so, that's what we (me, Keat, and CJ) are together. I don't think there is ever a dull or boring moment.

  • On the same topic, CJ watched "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" yesterday. Let's just say that he almost died laughing. Finally! A Mel Brooks comedy he likes!

  • On a similar topic, I've become a big Cary Elwes fan. I don't know what it is, but he is a natural actor and damn good at it! I mean, Psych, Twister, Men in Tights, Glory, and of course, The Princess Bride, he has a good line-up of fimography credits. And.....

  • I'm not one for Cosplay I used to not be into Cosplay, but after seeing The Princess Bride a few weeks ago, I'm determined to make Cary's The Dread Pirate Roberts outfit. Basically, it'll be double duty: SCA and Conventions. After that's done, I'm going to make/buy Squall's outfit

  • The house is coming along nicely. We just mowed the lawn twice. It takes about an hour, depending on how fast you go. We're almost totally unpacked, and having an attic is nice too



Business:

  • We have a new contract - but I don't know how much things will progress on it since the main contact people aren't being very communicative

  • We hired a new developer! Yay!

  • I'm interviewing a Sales person on tuesday, and with our current relationship with him, it should be nice.

  • We may be hiring another developer. I'm negotiating details now.

  • I'm dealing with a client's security policy that they had to make for one of their clients. It's not looking pretty right now. We have a conference call in a few weeks, and hopefully I don't get my head bitten off. We'll find out.

  • Our office has been a little rearranged. We removed the couch (put it in our house), added a futon sofa (works better), moved my desk to the window, and took down the table. It's certainly more open now.

  • I'm trying to figure out a fiasco about some office keys that were misplaced. Basically, I've contacted two previous employees from '08, and it's been crazy trying to figure out where some missing keys went.

  • I've lost my faith and respect in Parallels. Put it this way: I upgraded my Plesk Control Panel from 7 to 10 (first mistake). I then had to go through all of the configuration files to re-configure the server to work properly. Apparently, instead of editing the main server configuration file, it creates a new one for each edit you make, and they are all titled something like "1300625830.75118100_httpd.include", so trying to find which one was the latest is extremely hard, especially when you are dealing with edits made within seconds of each other instead of minutes. Anyway, I went through Plesk 10 and tried to order a new domain for a client. This sent me to shop.marketplace.parallels.com and told me to login. I logged in with the credentials I had, and it charged me for the domain. I then waited about 24 hours for the global nameservers to catch up, and it turns out that the domain was mis-registered! Apparently, it was registered under my name at Parallels, not my standard domain registrar. So I couldn't go into any control panel and change any of the settings because (after contacting Parallels, Plesk support, my domain registrar/manager, and the reseller's reseller, I can't find $%#@ control panel to correct the nameservers to point to the right server! AAAHHHHHGGGGG!!!!!! [insert Charlie Brown scream here] I'm still talking with the people to try and find a straight answer. So far, it's not going well.



Enough boring details. I'll save the rest for later.

Update: [2011-07-08 07:09pm] After sending a kinda frustrating email to the MyPlesk support, I finally received a straight answer:
 
Hello Kyle,
 

 
Thank you for your email!
 

 
Kyle, that is absolutely right, please use [support management link] to manage 
 
your domain [domain in question].
 

 
I am sending you the login credentials for the domain management panel:
 

 
Login   ######
 
Passwd  ######
 

 
Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to email me back.
 

 
Have a wonderful weekend!
 

 
Thanks,
 
[Support Person]
 

I logged in, updated the nameservers, and the switchover happened within hours. Why couldn't I have received this from the beginning.

I especially like the part when it says "...that is absolutely right,...". I feel a little happy inside.


Tags:#startrek #nuggets #cj #workingdaze #ps3 #caryelwes #cosplay #newemployee #google+ #office #domain #registration

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Mustard

xkcd
What if Wikipedia existed during the Magic School Bus? That'd be a short series...

Wow, has it really been 2 weeks since I posted last? It's been a super-busy 2 weeks and a lot has happened. Here's an overview (without too many details):

  • We moved into the new house! YAY! We're still moving in stuff and getting it organized, but we are now living there and it's great to be right down the street from downtown and the office! It did take a while to get things packed up and moved, and we're still doing it

  • We had a dispute with one of our clients: NSMT. Apparently, some communcation got crossed/lost/misunderstood and things got a little hectic, but now it's better and we're working our butts off to get their stuff done ASAP!

  • Keat's parents came down for the weekend to help us move. I can honestly say that the tension was so thick, you couldn't cut it with a knife - you'd need some type of chainsaw on steroids! On the good side, they didn't talk about much - just the moving. That's also the bad side: we needed to talk about our wedding plans, and they didn't want to. However, we did get some house repair and needed items (like the blue recycling bags that Waynesville requires). So it's an adequate trade-off.

  • We are in negotations with a few new clients. I won't say much, but here's our potential client list thus far (minus some personal details):

    1. A photo sharing/selling company

    2. An anniversary that has a party and needs an invitation site

    3. A travel and booking business

    4. A local entertainment center

    5. A Psychic person (?)

    6. An unknown person that contacted us at the office and wants to help us (or us help them; I'm not sure)

    7. A local Retirement lodge

    8. A political action group

    9. and a Property management company


  • I just got June's Hello World out today. I know it's the 13th, but better late than never, right?

  • Had a bunch of meetings with current clients and the Exec. Director for SMDC. Along with NSMT, we're also working on Lu's Specialties Foods and Innocent Footprints at the same time (while moving....yay)

  • and a few other things that I can't recall right now. Like I said: it's been a busy 2 weeks.


On a semi-related note, I know the xkcd comic is a little far-fetched, but I thought it would be a good re-entry to the posting. Along with seeing an episode of it (about Heat) on Saturday while eating lunch. Pretty cool!

I have also collected some pretty cool comics while out and about, so I'll be posting those as well to catch up to my quota.

Hey, look! Here's another one:
Bug


I'm gonna finish moving stuff in and get some NSMT stuff done too. My "To Do" list is getting longer everyday....not good.

And I know the title of this posting is "Mustard". I already have one called "Ketchup". Why not add a little "Chili", "Relish", and some "Hot Sauce" while I'm at it? I think I have some titles ready to go for the rest of the week....


Tags:#xkcd #bug #todo #new #clients #house

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New Shirts!

It's the end of the week, so TGIF! Although it's been a pretty rough week, it's also been fairly productive. First, before I get into details, here's a comic:
Yellow Peril

I thought I'd offer a new comic. This one is Yellow Peril, a fairly new comic I've started liking.

Anyway, on to the activities: As the title conveys, we received a new shirt design today! YAY!
Front Back

Honestly, it was a prototype design, but it came out REALLY well! I've started offering it to people via inspiration from CloudFlare.com.

I've also become a big fan of 4 new bands: Porcelian Black (heard their new song on the radio when we picked up Pizza last week), Paramore (they are covered often on Pandora, so I thought I'd create a station for them - still good), Flyleaf (good stuff), and Fireflight (more good stuff). I've never been one to cling to new artists, but these guys do it right!

Anyway, I've re-connected with an old college friend today and found out that she joined the SCA yesterday! Small world, huh?

I'm having a small issue with SSL certificates for a client. I ordered it through our Server company, which orders it through a 3rd party, but it turns out the 3rd party either sent it to the wrong place or didn't sent it at all. Our server company is trying to help us solve the confusion (and I hope soon, because the client's temporary SSL expires on May 10).

I don't recall much of what happened yesterday, but all I know is that I'm working on a mobile version of this blog. It's not easy, since I have to deal with cached pages from CloudFlare (the "developer" option doesn't work as well as I'd hoped), but I'm working with a direct input of CSS instead of an external file. After it's ready, I'll switch the include with the and things should be good as gold.

Anyway (again), I'm off to Asheville to meet up with Keat and another friend at the mall. Till next week


Tags:#ssl #sca #css #cloudflare #yp #new #tshirts

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No Snow Day? Ok...

xkcd


Wow, is the day over already? It just seemed like a few hours ago that I resistantly cralwed out of the warm bed. No delayed schedules today, but after getting up at around 10:30, dropping Keat off at class, then heading to the office, I just wanted to stay warm. There wasn't as much snow as yesterday. In a way, I'm glad. That means that there will be (hopefully) less wrecks.

I worked on a various number of things today: the cURL implentation (which was easier than expected; the hardest part was having the cURL library and the https connection), blog fixes, and some F&I things. Not really much to report about today. In 1 word, today was: blah.

1 interesting thing I did see was a slew of fire trucks parked outside of our apartment. Not quite sure why they were there, but it added something interesting to today.

Almost forgot: when we got up today, I had a bit of a rude awakening. I rolled over and felt a wet spot on the bed. I thought the worst, but when I realized that it was on the bed, on the sheets, and on the blankets, I realized that it was something I couldn't have done. Apparently, Chi had gotten on the bed and (we're suspecting) peed on it. We're not quite sure why (aside from being in heat), but the little event soaked through 2 comforters, a sheet, the mattress spread, and soaked into the mattress cover. Keat and I striped the bed and started washing the items in question. Stupid little cat.

That's it for me tonight. Not much else happened. Fairly short entry.


Tags:#xkcd #slownewsday #blah #firetrucks