Category Archives: Work

Google Refine / Freebase

It’s always fun to come across awesome new sites! I found Jeff Foster’s site Fatvat when I was searching for some info about Oracle and Larry, Prince Of Darkness… after reading about it on Engadget. Anyway, after all that, here’s some really cool stuff that should be very helpful to some of my database projects: Google Refine, an intro by Jess Foster http://www.fatvat.co.uk/Google Refine is a toy for playing with data, originally developed by the team behind Freebase. It’s a

Daily update: some long overdue projects

The girls are visiting family in KS, so today I got some long overdue projects done: replaced the coaxial cabling for our WildBlue satellite internet (I previously nicked one of the cables, thus I needed to replace it) hammered in a grounding rod to attach the ground cable to (for the WildBlue satellite dish) finished running the ethernet cable from our office closet to the networking center of our home (thanks to my dad for helping me fish the wire

Development tips and links for iPhone apps

Description: This is a an entry where I keep a list of misc development tips for iPhone app development. SDK XCode can’t find base SDK – Stack Overflow http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3034912/xcode-cant-find-base-sdkIf you can’t choose the SDK at the top left of x-code you have to first set the base SDK in the the project settings. Project -> Edit Project Settings. Then choose the “General” tab. At the bottom you can choose “Base SDK for all Configurations:” Buttons Improved Gradient Buttons http://www.iphone4gapp.net/improved-gradient-buttons.htmlThere are

Work links: slider selects and fuzzy queries

I’m working on a new project, here are some links that have been helpful to me… Overview of slider techniques: Javascript/Ajax Techniques for Sliders – Noupe http://www.noupe.com/javascript/30-javascriptajax-techniques-for-sliders-scrollers-and-scrollbars.htmlIn this article we’d like to present a list of hand-picked Slider techniques you can use to achieve some special visual effects in your designs… Specific slider examples: jQuery UI Slider from a Select Element – now with ARIA Support http://www.filamentgroup.com/lab/update_jquery_ui_slider_from_a_select_element_now_with_aria_support// selectToUISlider plugin uses progressive enhancement to scrape the data from a select element

Favorite homebrew computers: 1997-2010

Some people enjoy building hot rods, or building model airplanes. I enjoy building computers. The first PC I built was in 1997, I was a sophomore in HS. I can still remember researching all the parts, using a computer in the HS science classroom (I didn’t have internet at home at that time). Tom’s Hardware and Anandtech were my primary sources of motherboard and CPU reviews.  Those two sites helped me immensely in choosing the best components for my “first

Alternatives to Drywall

We’re planning on turning my office into the baby’s room. That means a couple things: #1 I need to find a new place to work, and #2 we need to redo the room to be more appropriate for a baby. Samantha already has a plan for #2, we’re putting in new carpeting and we’re going to paint the existing wood paneling. UPDATE: here’s the result of the painting over the wood-paneling 🙂 My new office is still up in the

R.I.P. Sun Microsystems

You will be missed, but not forgotten. Sun is no more. They completed their merger with Oracle. I have fond memories of Sun. They were always trying something different. Sometimes with great success, other times with failure, and often with something in between. When I was in college (1999-2003) studying CS and CIS, I liked Sun because they were pioneering with Java. Which at the time seemed to hold great promise as a “write once, run anywhere” language that might

Work update from paradise

I may be in Hawaii, I’m still doing as much or more work as usual. It’s just a lot warmer here ;-). Today I’ve been working on some simple improvements for NetRender (NR), it’s a site that sells hi-res textures. John is my partner on the site and we try to improve the site anytime we can. Here’s what I’ve been up to: +backed up everything (as part of our periodic backup schedule) +removed the credit card logos from the