January 2011

January 22, 2011 - So I kind of like how the web site is coming along. It does take quite a bit of time, though, and I don't have a lot of time... especially the way things have gotten so busy at work.

My day job has become VERY interesting. I'm co-leading a huge project (for me at least) that upgrades our solid modeling design database software. The old software was primarily local and managed the work of about 40 users in the Bay Area and Las Vegas. But the upgrade is global, adding the work of another 20 users from UK and Europe, which makes things a bit more complicated.

Whereas before I could manage things with my eyes closed, now I have to work cell phone bonus hours (nights and weekends) to stay on top of things. I even revamped how I organize things because waking up at 2am in a panic over something forgotten is not a way to live.

Part of my working strategy now comes from the book "Getting Things Done" by David Allen. I was able to use some tips described in the book even though I'm not doing everything he writes about. At least now I can stay on top of things and sleep well at night. But the basic concept still holds true that if you want to be organized and get things done, you have to spend a lot of time working at it. And that's where those nights and weekends are being spent.

So along with that I'm trying to find time for my web site project, which is both fun and educational at the same time... like if something shows properly in Firefox or Chrome it might be wacky in Internet Explorer. I found that IE doesn't line up page sections as the other browsers do; it also adds a blue border around photos if they can be selected as a link. And there are ways of fixing this, but I have to update every web page to make it work right.

(Maybe there's a faster method known to others with more HTML skills, but I'm just puttering around with this stuff.)

I also found some interesting things with the Photos page - like adding shadows to picture borders using PhotoFiltre (free software!) and just doing some cropping cleanup and such.

It all takes time and that's not abundantly available at the moment... which is okay. I appreciate having a day job (even one that is challenging and interesting) so I'll get there eventually.