Website work continuing

Work continues on updating the site but I have a lot of housekeeping to do. I have a lot of PHP scripts that were running in the background that were using depreciated functions like mysql_connect(). This isn’t challenging work, but it takes time to remember what I was doing and why. The last two nights, I updated the RandomQuoteGenerator™ so that it can hold additional data. Instead of just displaying a random quote, it will also tell you where it’s from. Always wanted to do that but never got around to it. So needed to update an ancient MySQL table to…
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I’m back

I’ve decided it’s time to return to this place and make some changes. My website hasn’t changed radically in over a decade and that’s pretty sad. If I want to call myself a developer or a tech enthusiast, I should really put my money where my mouth is. As a result, over the next few weeks, I’m going to be tearing down this old institution and rebuilding it from scratch. From the ashes, the great phoenix shall arise new and invigorated. Also, I think I’m going to start blogging again. I do a lot of tech projects on the side…
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Inactivity

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted anything. So much has happened in the last year and 7 months, it’s hard to sum it up in a coherent way, but I’ll try. The last entry was a bit of a cliffhanger. I was just a day away from asking Nichole to marry me. *****SPOILER ALERT***** She said yes. *****END SPOILERS***** It was a great experience and very nerve wracking to say the least. I’m glad it’s over but I’m happy that I went through it. It gives me something to tell our children someday. I’m back in school which consumes…
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The Proposal – It’s getting close

I’ve ignored the blog for a week now. I guess I should update. Let’s summarize. Saw Chris Carey and his new A3. Nichole got back home from JavaOne. I hid the ring. I reserved a table at the Ritz in Half Moon Bay. Nichole’s birthday gift was spoiled because of bad accounting. Went up to my parents for the weekend. Mom tried to throw Nichole off by saying I wasn’t saving for a ring, thanks mom. Nichole has been non-stop talk about marriage and rings. End Summary. So I started back to school again so all hell is breaking loose…
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The Proposal – Day 3

Today was rather busy at work, which ended up being a good thing. It ended up keeping my mind off things. I told a few people at work who were very surprised and happy for me. It was a great feeling to get approval from them. I told my boss and I think she was a bit surprised but wanted to see it, I’ll have to bring it in tomorrow. I told my old mentor and he was really excited for me. He started telling me about what he went through and I guess I don’t have it that bad….
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The Proposal – Day 2

Ugh. Nichole is gone in the city and no one is answering their phone. It really sucks to not have anyone to really share my excitement with. I ended up calling an old colleague because I needed someone to talk to. She was just what I needed and said all the right things. She just got married two years ago so she should know this process very well. Played Gears of War for what seemed like days. Nichole called and we talked for a little bit. It was so tough not to say anything. I really have no idea how…
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The Proposal – Day 1

I never thought for a million years that I would be here. I’ve always thought about it but it never seemed a reality. Yesterday, however, changed all of that. It seemed like a normal day. Nichole had to go work in the city for the JavaOne conference and I was going to have a lonely weekend. I dropped her off at the Moscone center around 8am and headed back to our place. I had a quick breakfast with my parents and headed home for a shower. This day was a rather normal day, except for one important detail, I was…
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Achievement Unlocked

The last couple of weeks have been crazy busy for me. The new job has been working out great and I’ve started helping my Dad with his business. We’re going to try to standardize how his staff works on a regular basis. As a result, we have to go with Microsoft (ugh) and setup a Windows 2003 server. I have to admit, I’m really excited. I spent the better half of my day yesterday researching some spam/anti-virus solutions for our mail. There is this dude that runs his company out of Belmont. Ironic that I used to walk up the…
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Airlines Suck

God, I’m glad to be an American. This morning, I woke up at 4:10 AM to get onto a 6:05 AM flight to Dallas. My bags were packed in advance and Nichole and I were out the door at 4:45 AM. We reached the airport, I kissed Nichole goodbye and headed to the automated check in. My itinerary didn’t spell out what my ‘record locator’ exactly was so I had to mess around with the machine for about 10 minutes. I finally found the correct one within 5 minutes. I headed to security. I showed my driver’s license, I took…
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The Move

Well, here I am. It’s been a long and difficult journey, but it’s finally over. I realize that my post frequency has dropped dramatically. I really want to post, I just can’t find the time for it lately. I’m trying, really, I promise. To bring you up to date, I have moved. I moved from this awful one bedroom shack to a two bedroom condo. It’s absolutely beautiful and I’m loving every minute. Though, I do have to say one thing, moving is a bitch. When we started to pack, I thought it would a fairly painful and routine process….
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