I have been promising to write this post, for a while. A few months back, I spent some significant time looking at what technology I need in my life. I do not believe that I have reached techno-zen yet but I am getting closer. Continue reading
Anybody who knows me well enough knows that I am a bit of a packrat. I have been trying to work on that. I think I have settled on a good plan. I am going to get rid of one thing per day. “Get rid” could mean donating, selling, or simply tossing. This plan does not mean that I am going to be visiting the Goodwill every day. I can batch this. I am going to try to stick to it, though. Continue reading
Lately, I have been working with a lot of legacy SQL and this has caused me to think about what makes SQL (and database designs) good and bad.
As you may know, I have recently joined the ranks of the remote knowledge worker. When Quality Matters hired me, I made the decision to get an office outside of the house. Since QM does not reimburse for office space, my budget was limited. I decided that it made sense to aim for a solution within the $100-$150 per month price range. After a brief session of searching Duck Duck Go for options, I identified six potential solutions. Continue reading
So, I have been working on a little side-hustle and I figured that I would share the most recent chunk of it. I needed a way of allowing a person to uniquely select a movie. You don’t want to just give the user a free-form box because of the 52 different ways you could input some movie titles. So, what do you do? I created a search box, to query IMDB by title. The API returns a single result, so I displayed it below the search box, as the user types.
I wouldn’t call this an “official” API, so I would be careful.
I have accepted a web application developer position at The Quality Matters Program. Quality Matters is “a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses.” Put simply, they provide a seal of approval for quality online courses. Their business systems are written in ColdFusion, so I will be working within the mother language, again.
So, I have been eying the K-TOR Pocket Socket 2 for a little while now. It is a 10 watt, 120 volt crank generator. This weekend, my brother gave me one for my birthday. I was so excited about it that I decided to post a video about it.
It is definitely a neat little gadget. I have charged a phone and a battery pack with it. I am going to need to go through and see what else it can power. Should I try to cool a soda with it? Maybe I could run a fan?