Where did the week go?

April 12, 2009 at 11:10 am | Posted in Skillzdesk, Thoughts | Leave a comment

WOW this week just scooted by. My daughter went back to California on Wednesday so I spent some time with her. I’ve been using FlightsStats to track her flights. It’s a nice site that allows you to receive SMS messages on takeoff and arrival and tracks the flight en route on Google Maps. I did make some progress on my Website. I was having a problem with OAuth for Twitter Authentication but with updated code from Jaisen Mathai’s Blog, it all just dropped in. I’ve just got to add some content and I will force the alpha out on the world this week.

I also have to post here more often so my posts don’t ramble.

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Geeked about the game tonight.

April 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Posted in Thoughts | Leave a comment

I haven’t gotten much done today besides my quarter time at my current client and sending out a couple resumes.

I’ve been hoping that the MSU Spartans can pull off another “upset”. (Maybe they will stop calling them “upsets” when they do.)  Now don’t get me wrong I’m still a Wisconsin fan first and foremost but I am a Big Ten fan also.

I’ve spent most of my time watching the tweets and thinking about the situations here in Detroit.  Yes I consider myself a Detroiter even though I live two miles from the city limits because what happens there effects me and my family as much as it does those two miles south of me.

Anyway I ran into a few things that gave me the warm fuzzy’s today.

The first one was from one of my favorite blogs Faded Detroit. I’m not a fan of Rap but I do like Eminem and I liked Eminem’s Tribute to Detroit.

I also ran into this on the Twitter.


And finally…

You can’t cut off your manufacturing arm and expect to build. You can’t outsource everything and expect to lead the world. And you can’t treat blue-collar industry as a bunch of dumb rivetheads who need the government to run them, while allowing the banking world to do as it pleases with taxpayer money.

It wasn’t the auto industry that shot a hole in the side of America.

from a Mitch Albom Column hit me hard.

Well it’s 5 hours till game time maybe I’ll get some work done or maybe not.

Chatted with a friend

April 5, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Posted in Thoughts | Leave a comment

I was talking to a friend yesterday about his Web App and was inspired by his enthusiasm. We chated about what he wants for the near term and did some ‘pie in the sky’ thinking involving remote controlled shopping carts. It’s funny how when someone has an idea and runs with it, the ideas just flow. I wish him all the luck with his project and will lend him a hand where I can. Follow the development of his site here.

Started reading a book.

April 3, 2009 at 9:32 am | Posted in Learning | Leave a comment

I found an interesting book that I started to read. It’s Principles Of Beautiful Web Design. I’m not a very visually creative person but I guess it’s time to learn some of the principals of making pages that don’t hurt the viewer. I hope that I can pick up some of the finer points.

I spent the day refactoring.

April 1, 2009 at 10:03 pm | Posted in Skillzdesk | Leave a comment

I added some functions to my mysql class to use mysql prepared statements to make it easier to update and retrieve data from the database. It also helps to prevent SQL injection hacks. I also build the navagation div which will use Javascript to replace content div. This is some interesting stuff.

I still have lots to learn.

March 31, 2009 at 7:43 pm | Posted in Learning | Leave a comment

Today I played with the oAuth Twitter authentication. I can get it to put up the Twitter page but not sure how to use the return authentication. So I’ve put that on the back burner for now. I’ll get back to it later in the week.

I’ve got the database setup and gathering

March 30, 2009 at 7:34 pm | Posted in Skillzdesk | Leave a comment

Today I transfered my local test database to the site database. It was pretty trivial using the phpMyAdmin web interface export and import. I also set up a cron job to run to do the data collection. My only complaint is that the Godaddy cron interface will not let me run the collector more then twice per hour.

I’ve got the web hosting all set.

March 27, 2009 at 7:20 pm | Posted in Skillzdesk | Leave a comment

I connected my website registration to my son’s web hosting today and with both of them being on Godaddy it was really easy. I just called them up and the customer service guy walked me thru the whole procedure. Now I’m just waiting for the site to be transfered to a SSH secured server so I can ssh into it do I can start a cron job to gather the needed data.

I wish I had found this a week ago.

March 25, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Posted in Learning | Leave a comment

After spending a week working with PHP I’ve found a couple sites that have really helped me. The Theme Forest and Net Tuts+ are a couple sites that have screencasts. So I spent the last couple days watching the “Diving into PHP” and the “Jquery For Absolute Beginners” series. They really explained alot and are recommended.

Trying to grok the flow

March 23, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Posted in Learning | Leave a comment

I’ve been working on learning PHP and Javascript. Being a C++ and Visual Basic programmer for the last 20 or so years I’m having a problem to GROK the web programing. It doesn’t seem to have the linear flow I’m used to. I guess I need to find a good reference for the flow of html and PHP.

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