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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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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Eureka! I found it…

Ok… before I tell you what I found, there is a back story. A couple weeks ago, I was thinking back on my High School days and all the really great books I read. I was going over the titles in my head and realizing how important it was to read these books at that specific time in my life. The more I think about it, all those books are important to anyone in their mid-teens. As I was remembering these titles, I came across a book in my mind that I couldn’t remember the name or the author of…
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And so it went…

It’s amazing how fast 2 months can fly by. Everytime I log into this thing, I always end up clearing out the spam and then logging straight out. I really haven’t had a lot to add. However, if you must know, there have been a few things going on as of late. I’m currently working a new position that’s quite different than the one I was hired for originally. I went from building tools, entering orders, assisting the IT guy, and publishing weekly reports to mainly pulling financial data and publishing reports. It’s been a long road to get to…
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Busy busy

Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve had a moment to come here and write about something. I finally got all the issues ironed out without Dreamhost. One of their SQL servers was really overworked or just borked. I ended up moving the blog to a new server myself (thanks Dreamhost). Only the finest tech support at Dreamhost! Regardless, blog is back up with no downtime in sight. Recently, things have been getting really busy for me. I’m in training for some stuff at IBM. I’m taking on more responsibilities here and there, so with that, the stress accumulates….
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I Am Without Speech

There are few times in my life that I am speechless. Those who know me, can attest to this. However, lately, I have been very speechless. It’s hard to find words on how I feel about things in my life right now. I’ve received my fair share of sucker punches in the past but this latest one was really hard to recover from. I got the call in the morning, as I was getting ready for work. When I saw the caller ID reporting that it was my dad, I was half expecting some bad news. I was right, my…
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