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Where has the time gone?

The past month has really flown by, hasn't it? Before I knew it, it's already a week before Valentines day and 2 weeks before I turn 25. Wow...a quarter of a century old. When it is put like that, I feel super old. No offense to the "old fogies" I know.

Anyway, here's a run-down of significant things that have happened between my last post and now:

- I'm finishing up DS9 on Netflix. I'm at the tail end of Season 6.

- Finally got my desktop at the house up and running. I can now work at home....into the wee hours of the morning. As I told Tom today, I work from 10-5(pm), and 10-5(am). Good? Maybe. But it beats staying at the office 24/7. Not that that's a bad thing, but I think Keat would miss me.

- Keat may be going to Japan for 2 weeks to a semester next year. On one side: I'm super happy for her (not sarcastic). Going to Japan for 2 weeks was an exhilierating experience for me, so I can only imagine what a semester could do. On the down side: I'll be left alone with 3 cats for a semester! I'm going to go insane.......again.

- We've launched a new "Fishbowl" contest in the area to get some leads. So far, it's looking good. We spent $100 on the materials, and should get more than 100% ROI on this. On a related note....

- Tom and I talked to the owner of Frog Level Brewery, a local brewery in Frog Level (next to Waynesville), about a potential event/conference for local geeks. The owner said "Yes" and planning hit full force. This event will allow the local non-techies to network and ask questions to the local geeks (and get a few beers while we're at it). It's called Drinks With Geeks, and it should be a great event! It won't happen in the immediate future, but maybe in April or May....

- We got a new client: ALP Systems Inc. The owner is a great guy, and it seems like we are copies of each other, if you know what I mean. He's a guy with a "No BS" attitude, and I want to make sure we keep it that way.

- We launched the TICS site on the 1st. So far, so good.

- Allan had a major computer virus that took out his PC for a bit. I'm still working on it after 48 hours, but I think this sums it up:


- Since my laptop finally called it quits, I was able to acquire some funds to get a new computer. I decided on a desktop for the office for the processing power and stability. I turned it on the first day I got it, and it hasn't been turned off since. I know it's Windows 7, but Quicken/QuickBooks doesn't run well on Linux, and I don't have the funds to get a Mac (although that is my wish)

- I'm working on a few new projects: Client Portal (project in progress), Sales Portal (planning has started), and a few others. I've been really preoccupied with other tasks at hand, but I think this sums it up well:
Ceiling Cat


- I found out about Star Trek RPG thanks to this little comic:
Real Life - Star Trek RPG

Since Kat's been helping us with WhiteWolf, I'm glad we are able to experience RPG gaming without having to worry about battling against super-experienced players.

That's it for now. The rest of the month looks pretty busy and my guess is that I'll have a lot more sleepless nights.


Tags:#ds9 #reallife #icanhascheeseburger #quicken #pc #whitewolf #tics #alp #facebook #drinkswithgeeks #fishbowl

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Friday the 13th - 2012 Version!

Working Daze

How's everybody's Friday the 13th going gone? It was different for me. Here's how things went today:
Keat and I had the first Marketing Meeting today with Brandon and Tom at 10am via Skype and phone. It didn't go exactly as planned, but I think it was a good start. After that, Keat headed off to school, I emptied the litter boxes, cleaned the kitchen a bit, then headed to the office.

Before I headed out, I said to myself "Today is going to be a good day." Setting the mental state is important in seeing the glass half-full for production.

I planned on having a CEO Day today, but it didn't exactly work out. First thing I did today was check the mail and my gift card from RingCentral came in! YAY! $100 for me! I activated the card, went online, and ordered a few gifts that I owed. At that moment, my laptop finally decided to call it quits. I couldn't get it to start up again and stay on for more than 10 seconds. So, I tried to load the desktop.

While I tried loading the desktop, I received emails from my online seller saying that there was an issue with the payment.

The desktop had a small short in it and wouldn't stay on as well. I unplugged one of the hard drives and was able to load a live cd. I tried installing that to the hard drive, and after a few failed attempts, it installed.

Tom came in at that time and I helped him with a small tech issue, and got him started on his TICS assignment, which he finished promptly.

I went back to the desktop and restarted it, only to find a hard drive failure. Great. I tried it a few more times with no success.

I tried my laptop again, and it stayed on for a bit, so I thought I'd try to fix the payment issue. I chatted with my seller, and the laptop cut out mid-chat.

So, with the laptop on the frtiz and the desktop not having a stable hard drive, I went to the server room and used that connection.

I chatted with my seller and asked to retry the gift card. No success. I chatted again with another person, same result, but they said to give them a call and it could be fixed. I called for a retry, no success. I chatted again, no success. I called again, no success. I was getting frustrated. I contacted the bank that issued the gift card, and apparently the issue was that my seller was cross-referencing the address I supplied on the Billing Address with the billing address on the card, as expected. However, I found out that the billing address on file was of the company that bought the gift card, which I had no idea what exact address that was. The person at the issuing bank changed the address on my card, I chatted with my seller, and the card went through. I actually just received emails saying that my orders had shipped! Yay! 1 task down.

After that fiasco, I decided to call it a day since that took around 5 hours. So much for a CEO day. I didn't get anything done that I expected to get done.

I came home at 5, Keat came home shortly after. I watched Mythbusters, some DS9, took a nap, cooked some dinner, Keat went to bed, and I'm up trying to get stuff done.

On the good side, I finally found out about the Mythbusters Behind the Myths Tour, and the best part is: they are coming to Raleigh in March! Yay! Need more info? Nah, but here you go anyway:



"Jamie" at ConCarolina 2011
More info at mythbusterstour.com - it would be nice to see Jamie and Adam in person. The closest thing I had was a Cosplayed Jamie at ConCarolina '11, which was nice.

That's it for my Friday the 13th.


Tags:#fridaythe13th #workingdaze #laptop #desktop #ceo #giftcard #tics #mythbusters

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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