Category: High Tech

Getting Started with Laravel 5

A little over a year ago, I decided that I wanted to learn Laravel. I had seen quite a few tweets about the framework and it piqued my interest.  I spoke with my boss, and he was okay with me learning Laravel in my down time so that I could rewrite our custom CMS package … Continue Reading

Welcome Back

This place has needed a facelift for quite some time now. I had planned on creating a new theme after WordPress 3.0 was released. Well, WordPress is now at version 4.3.1, and 4.4 is probably just around the corner. I guess I’m just a little bit behind my intended timeline. In addition to the design, the content … Continue Reading

Getting Started with Git

I recently had to help a couple co-workers set up Git on their computers so they can work with the various repositories that I’ve set up and so they can set up repositories of their own for projects that they work on. Since I had to put together some documentation for them, I thought I … Continue Reading

Goodbye Windows

For a long time now (over a year), I’ve been thinking about switching from Windows to Mac. The major thing holding me back was the fact that a MacBook Pro laptop starts at $1800. That’s a LOT of money. Back in August (or around there), I decided to just go for it. The main reasons … Continue Reading

Hazards of being a web programmer

I have been meaning to completely re-do this place since WordPress 3.0 came out. The current version is 3.4.2, and I *still* haven’t managed to get this place redeveloped. Oops. I work on other people’s websites all day at work. I get ideas for my own sites (this one and my professional site) from time … Continue Reading

PC vs Mac. Which is right for me?

My laptop will be 5 years old at the end of this year. It’s a Dell Inspiron 1520 (running Windows 7). It has served me well, but it’s been wigging out on me the past few months. The video driver has been crashing and it won’t run more than an hour (if even that) on … Continue Reading


I recently got an opportunity to venture into mobile application development at work.  I had 2 months to develop an Android app for a client. During those 2 months, I had to build a website to manage the data that would be pulled into the app, an API to get the data from the website … Continue Reading

New Toy

Ok … it’s not really a toy. It’s a tool. (And a bonus … it’s got a Biggest Loser game that came w/ it.) I mentioned last week that I was embarking on a new journey … a journey to get healthy and happy. I’ve gotten off to a rough start. I’ve only worked out … Continue Reading

Review: Creative Zen V Plus mp3 player

Product: Creative Zen V Plus 2 GB mp3 player Amount Spent: $138.39 (after $10 gift card) at Best Buy Pros: Small, Rechargeable Internal Battery, Durable Cons: Capacity a little low, Controls take a little bit to get use to I have had this mp3 player for exactly one month. (I’m writing this a little later … Continue Reading

MY mp3 Player Buyer’s Guide

This is by no means a definitive buyer’s guide for mp3 players … it’s just how I decided which one I wanted. 1. Decide what it is that you want in an mp3 player … features, style, usability, etc. – Make a list of things that you would like to have in an mp3 player. … Continue Reading