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Friday: March 6, 2009

Daily Grind: Overworked

Name: Vin (aka not at hampton)
How Vin feels today: Overworked @ 3:51:00 PM
What Vin really wants today: To not be at work and to continue following on all the Phish updates coming out of Hampton.

Music Stuck in Head: The Cropper / Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood
This album was a little bit different from what I was expecting. If you dug A Go Go, this one may need some time to sink in.

Stuff to do today:

  • Debate going out to Best Buy to pick up the Clifford Ball box set
  • Wait on this since there will be plenty to listen to tomorrow what with the band is giving out the mp3s for free
  • Move on to other topics
  • Figure out how to solve redesign problem involving media naming conventions for database ids that don't exist yet
  • Keep a running tab of database ids (autonumber) in separate table
  • Above item doesn't work and can be easily broken if a record is deleted thus causing the number to be out of sync
  • Blllllaaaaaargggggh
  • Use IDENTITY to properly assign id to media after insert to database has been made
  • Problem is that most media upload scripts use form collection that puts the image in FIRST so getting the IDENTITY of a record that doesn't exist yet is not possible
  • Move on to way (way) less geekier topics
  • ...
  • ...
  • ...
  • Can't think of anything
  • Finish up work and go home

Posted to Daily Grind filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 4:51 PM | Tags (4) | database | phish | programming | redesign |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: April 21, 2008

GeekLikeMe on your iPhone.

I've updated GeekLikeMe to display better on an iPhone for my fellow Mac nerdites out there. This version removes all content of the normal site and just shows the weekdaily links (this seems to be what everybody wants these days anyways).

Want to make an iPhone version of your own website? Here are some quick tips. First and most importantly, you need to check if your visitor/user happens to be on an iPhone to begin with. This requires that you check the user agent string accordingly. Being that I code in a Windows world I am going to show how to do this check in two lines of code via ASP:

httpagent = request.servervariables
('http_user_agent')
if instr(httpagent,'iPhone') > 0 then iPhone= 'Yes'

See? Not hard at all. Then just modify your code accordingly to fit that condition. Yes, I'm sure there are much more efficient ways of checking the http user agent string but for a quick five minute update / verbose post - who really cares.

Special thanks to Tom of Optical Poptitude (which is an awesome blog that everyone should read daily) for giving me a heads up that this site was displaying not all that well on an iPhone.

Update: latest version of GLM breaks this post every way from Sunday. Will fix some point down the road.

Posted to Verbose filed in Apple @ 3:27 PM | Tags (5) | apple | geeklikeme | iphone | programming | servervariables |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Saturday: December 1, 2007

A new verbose post? Really?

A semi-quick little update as to why I haven't posted much of anything to this section in recent weeks months. It can all be summed up pretty quickly actually. I moved, and I'm still on the hunt for a new place call my own. Combine that with other factors like work projects, adjusting to our new temporary residence, holidays, interest rates, the position of Venus in the third house (ok that was really dumb), etc etc. Basically, there a host of other reasons that would just bore you. But never fear dear readers, things are looking up.

I just recently purchased a brand new MacBook (daily grind readers already know this). But what's so special about this purchase? The fact that I can now run Windows on a Mac, that's what! I previously owned a PowerBook G4 (still do, it's just not getting much use anymore). Trouble was (and still is), by day I work in a Windows world as an ASP, ASP.net programmer / web developer. Having a PowerPC Mac just doesn't allow to run the kind of software I need to do any kind of work in my free time while say, commuting home from work or watching television (I like to multitask). And yes, I've heard of Mono, and no it couldn't work for what I need to do for job related tasks.

My new sweet little MacBook, which is both lighter and smaller than ye old fifteen inch PowerBook G4 of yore, is a great little machine. Plus, now I can get back to coding my nerdy ASP and SQL stuff whenever I want to. So basically, things should start happening around here soon. I'm cooking up some potential new features and designs as well as working on other projects that have been sorely neglected.

What's in the pipeline? Well, I really should get back to making some new comics for this site- another sorely neglected section of this site. There is also a project that was supposed to be included in this last iteration of GeekLikeMe that didn't make the final cut. It's going to be spun into it's own little project to see how it fares in the big wide world of web. More on that later when I have something more, uh, well coded to show.

One last note, going on a much needed vacation next week so links will be sparse. My superfluous linking skills will be back on schedule when I return.

Posted to Verbose filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 12:08 PM | Tags (6) | apple | asp | development | geeklikeme | life | programming |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 0 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: February 27, 2007

Intro to Web Design

I always road-test these comics on several people before I throw them up here. Out of all seven people I was still the only one who thought this was remotely funny. Nerd alert.

Posted to DotComic filed in Comics @ 1:00 AM | Tags (5) | web | parenting | dotcomic | geeklikeme | programming |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 0 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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