Monday, June 18, 2012

First Post!

    As many hackers and slackers, programmers and engineers, project managers and middle managers have done many a time over, I am starting a new blog yet again.  Blogging has been something that I have been interested in doing for a long time.  I have tried many times to create my own website, use other sites like Geocities (who remembers Cape Canaveral there?) or even MySpace (didn't last long) or nowadays using Facebook.  There are so many distractions thrown at us everyday that sometimes I wonder how people even find the time to blog.
    With a recent change of work I've found that I have a little bit more time on my hands and have decided to start this process all over again.  I've learned some things from past experiences with blogging and I think that I have a few things figured out.

  1. Publish Once a Week
    To start with, I'm only going to publish one article a week.  This may change in the future, but let me get the hang of it to start with.  I want to spend time and make sure that my articles are interesting and that people are going to enjoy these articles and be coming back for more.
  2. Routine
    This pretty much goes along with #1, but I want it to be a routine, and by a routine I mean I want it to be published on the same day of week every week.  This way people have expectations, I don't waste anyone's time by having them come back each day and see if there is anything new that has been published.
  3. Gimmick vs. Style
    In all of this I hope to eventually find my own style, but I'm not good with having gimmicks.  Sure I'd like to have something that screams out that I'm different than every other blog out there, but gimmicks seem to take too much time and lead to a lower quality of work because I'm restrained to stay within that form.
  4. Lists
    As you can tell I don't mind making lists, but I'm not going to go out of my way to make a list each time I blog.  Lists should be short and enjoyable and make sense in the context, I won't just make a list to have a list.
    There it is, my years of accumulated knowledge brought down to a list of 4 items.

What to Expect

    This is a little hard to answer but I'll give it my best shot.  On this blog it's going to be sort of an anything goes.  Since my interests are largely focused on computers you can expect quite a few articles here concerning technology.  Another hobby that I have is to read fantasy/science fiction novels.  Generally I read epic novels, ones that consists of trilogies or more, not really sure when the last time I read a book that wasn't part of some trilogy or series.  I also like to do things myself, so you can also expect articles here and there about various projects that I'm doing.  One that I may put up in the coming weeks is a white box for photographing merchandise for sale on line (my wife runs a modest export business shipping small items back to Taiwan).
    Other than computers and technology I'm also somewhat into politics.  Some may say that I have Ron Paulian Politics.  I believe in small government, more freedom, less taxes and a sound dollar.  I've found it hard to get into local politics just because of my own time restraints and lack of knowledge in the area, but I support the efforts of many to go back to our roots.
    Pistols, rifles, shotguns are also some things which I may discuss here.  I am pro-gun and believe that you should be to.  Having lived out of country for 6 years in a country that doesn't allow guns, I don't believe that you are really any safer without them.  Murder, rape, assault all still plague the news stations every night, the only different is that people go to more barbaric means to accomplish the same end.
    Last of all you may expect some religious discussion on here.  I am a Latter-day Saint, commonly known as Mormon.  I joined the LDS church in 2003 after having traveled 23 of the 50 states in search of something, soul finding you might say.  Expect once in a while to have some insights that I feel like sharing.

About Me

    Having a blog there's no real way to avoid this part, everybody wants to know something about the author.  We'll see where I should put this, perhaps it'll be designated in some far off corner or behind an "About the Author" link.
    I grew up at the beginning of the PC boom.  Through school I got to learn to type on an Apple IIe, play the original Oregon Trail game, see the very first Macintosh's come out, get switched to the new iMac, and experience Windows from version 3.1 (where we type win31.exe on the command prompt to start up) to Windows 95/98/Me and finished off high school with a great new edition called Windows XP which has been the standard for most schools and offices for the past decade.  Perhaps this could be an article in itself just listing out the technology that I have seen come of age.
    Other than two programming courses that I took at a community college while I was in high school I haven't had any formal education in computers.  My father worked as a technician for companies such as Tektronix, HP, Sharp and Intel, so growing up we were ahead of the game for PC usage.  When it was considered a luxury to have even a single computer in the house we had a network started with 10 computers and using T-terminal cables, and later switched to a 100 port hub with 10/100 networking speeds.
    In high school I found my dads Borland C++ compiler that came on 30 1.44MB floppy disks.  My father noticed my interest in programming and encouraged me getting me my very first programming book, "C++ for Dummies".  I taught myself command line programming through various books and working on my one little programs, but it wasn't until 2008 when I first stepped into GUI programming and really learned how to use C++ and OOP principles.
    I've worked as a programmer for multiple companies that have nothing to do with programming, coming up with solutions to solve some of their basic business problems.  Now I'm a contingent worker at one of the biggest names in the computing industry.
    In 2006 I served a mission for my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan where I learned Mandarin Chinese.  I can read, type and speak the language, and use it every day in my daily life and at work.  My wife is from Taiwan and now lives with me at my home in Vancouver, WA.

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