by Jeff on March 7, 2014

Whew! I’ve been accepted into the Rails Engineering program at the IronYard! I’m really excited about this new chapter in my career. This is something that I have been really been wanting to do for about 5+ years and now with my wife’s full support, I am charging ahead with getting as prepped as I can be. Typing,  Ruby and Git will be my focus for the next 3 weeks. My instructor will be Shelby Switzer.

There is a new FREE git education resource that Michael Hartl introduced a day ago by Michael Bates on his new publishing platform, Softcover and its great. Check it out if you are wanting to get knowledgeable about the really important functions needed for the command line for any new developers.


Typing is Serious Business

by Jeff on February 27, 2014

I read a blog post from Jeff Atwood concerning the “seriousness” of typing speed for software developers, ie, he could not take a developer serious enough if they could not touch type fast enough to type out what they are thinking when coding.

This is a very weak area for me. I have developed a combo huntNpeck and touch type method of typing, but it is far from accurate and far from productive. If I want to be taken seriously as a developer, I need to ramp up my skills before the Iron Yard Class starts March 31. I have about a month to get serious and then 3 months of classes to get seriously considered when I complete the course.

My current goal is to practice three times a day. I do not know where it will take me, but Atwood was scoring 84WPM with 100% accuracy when he wrote that blog post….seems like a lofty goal, but I have to shoot for something. I am starting in the 20WPM with 60% accuracy…ugh!


Fast Forward One Month

February 16, 2014

Sorry to say, but jobs in the market place for my medical device background are nil or out of Atlanta. Both options are not good for me or my family. I continue to look for employment but something new has come up for me, I noticed that back in December that they were coming [...]

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Ruby On Rails Environment Setup

January 16, 2014

I spent the evening getting the environment setup the way that Hartl suggests for his tutorial. Allot of it was already installed from the last time I set-it up, except for rails is now at 4.0.2 since the last time I was learning.  I had no issues, but I do recall having issues with installing [...]

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Getting Started with Rails

January 16, 2014

There are tons of resources for learning Ruby on Rails. I cannot mention all of them, but this is the path I plan to take based on some blogs I have found that offer advice on how to learn the platform and the corresponding language, Ruby. Path 1: Michael Hartl’s Ruby on Rails Tutorial. It’s [...]

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MacBook Air Loses Audio

May 2, 2013

This past Friday evening, I sat down with my wife to watch the tube and relax a little from a crazy week. I decided to open my Macbook to catch up on one video that I wanted to see and low and behold my audio had disappeared! What the heck!?! Nothing worked as far as [...]

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Mobile Gadget Security

May 13, 2011

One of the major concerns I have about all the portable tech stuff that I carry around is losing them through  misplacement or theft. There is nothing more frustrating than finding yourself missing your expensive toys. I recall walking thru a airport security gate in Uganda and having to place my NEW iPhone 4 in [...]

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Learning to Write: Part 1

May 12, 2011

We learn to write so that we can capture what we are thinking. Central to the idea of writing is the ability to communicate effectively with your audience, even with yourself. Even if you have no inclination to write for others, your ability to capture your thoughts clearly will help you understand your thinking when [...]

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instaviz- My New Flowcharting App

May 6, 2011

I love to diagram what I am thinking and flowcharts are the best way to accomplish this. There are plenty of applications that can do this for you and for free. has a free web based application that has alot of great uses, but your limited to the number of private flowcharts. The public [...]

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iTunes could not backup the iPad(or iPhone) “Nameofdevice” because the backup session failed.

May 5, 2011

If you have received this error, then you are experiencing an issue with your iTunes application. You can try searching the web for a multitude of responses, but what I found is this….re-install iTunes from scratch. I found this great tutorial on how to accomplish this based on your operating system. Another thing I [...]

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