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Weekend Productivity

May 11th, 2014

If you’ve been following my blog or instagram for a while, you might remember that back in November, I bought a bunch of parts during Black Friday to make a brand new computer.

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And then… those parts just sat around for months. I was excited for a new PC, but my PC at the time was still running and playing modern games at decent settings (even though it was 5 years old). So… I procrastinated because I didn’t want to deal with reinstalling programs and finding product keys.

After much laziness, I’m finally on my new computer :) My husband kept nagging me about it until I forced myself to take it in steps.

  1. First, I built it with the new SSD in it but none of my hard drives from my old computer. This let me at least start it up, install the OS, and begin installing some programs.
  2. I began moving over the products that need to be deactivated on my old PC and reactivated on the new one (namely Rosetta Stone and Adobe products).
  3. I moved over my photos hard drive, back-up hard drive, and my Lightroom install.
  4. Finally reactivated the remaining products (including the OS) and moved my main hard drive over to be used as the main storage.

And so, here it is in all its glory!


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Winter projects

January 28th, 2014

It’s a work day and… I’m sitting at home. But! I’m not slacking. I’m actually working from home right now – one of the perks of being a programmer :) I don’t do this often because I think it’s still important to have in-person interactions with coworkers.

However, today, Austin iced over. We got a “wintry mix” over night, and now there’s ice on the roads. Let’s just say… living in Texas doesn’t prepare you for cold weather like sleet, ice, snow, etc. We’re really bad at things like that. Between midnight and 11am, there were 214 accidents reported, and the number is rising. In other words, I’m not leaving this house. I fear the drivers more than the ice.

Lately, I’ve been slowly working on some unfinished projects. The first is my new computer. I bought all of the parts during Black Friday, and they’ve been sitting around since. That’s right, it’s been two months!

Just the other day, I finally unwrapped the parts and began assembling. I got to the point where I want to put in the hard drives, and then I stopped. Though I bought a new SSD for the computer, I still want to move over the HDs from my current computer. And well, I’m not ready to move those yet, so it’s sitting here unfinished again.

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Mobile project

April 22nd, 2013

Well, I’ve mentioned my team winning in our company hack-a-thon a couple times now. Now that our project has been released, I think it’s about time I talked about it since people were curious :) Including me, there were 3 people on the team, and there’s been something that we’ve have been wanting to do for a while: make our community mobile friendly.

Some background: our company makes an IT software (inventory, help desk, etc) and an IT community. While the software has a mobile app, the community had no mobile-friendly view, and it really needed one. Trying to browse it on any phone was a frustrating experience.

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The community has (I think) seven teams currently working on it, and every team maintains multiple features. This presents 2 problems:

1. The community is huge, and no team had time to make the entire thing mobile friendly.
2. Maintenance – how do we make sure each team maintains the mobile version of their feature?

Long story short: we made a mobile-friendly view for the community, which should be easy to maintain. If you’re interested in learning more details, read below the cut! If you just want to check it out, view here on a smartphone.

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