So, I’m off today. I thought I should take advantage of the beautiful weather and go for a walk. I went for a two hour walk to the park. Here are a few shots, including one of an alien spacecraft.
Today started off pretty high, and worked its way into a low. I guess before I can really explain why, I should make it known what I do.
I work for my municipality in the IT department. There, I maintain existing in-house and third-party systems, develop new systems, and support city employees who use the systems. My official title, Systems Analyst/Programmer.
That said, work went quite well today. My day was without meetings, so I was able to tie up some outstanding work from last week. I was also able to make some good progress on my web project, and answer a few user requests. I really felt productive.
The weather was absolutely gorgeous. My office is right on the water, so on my lunch, I took a nice stroll on the boardwalk. I almost didn’t need a jacket.
According to the release notes for the 3.21 PS3 firmware, its pretty much just a security update, at least from the PS3 Silm perspective. I was really hoping for more video formats, but that didn’t happen. That was just wishful thinking anyways. I’ve decided to wait until tomorrow to do the update.
As for TV, seems like this week is between seasons. Yesterday, no Dragons’ Den, today, no Community or The Office. Sarah’s shows, Survivor and Grey’s Anatomy are new, but not mine. So instead, I’m watching reruns of The Office. I probably could watch my Revision3 shows, but I’m thinking of watching The Marriage Ref at 10, so it’s a little late now.
The good news is, I have a four-day weekend ahead of me. Not too sure what I’m going to do with it yet, but I have it. I’m still not too used to having days off. I’ve only been at this job for a couple months. In my previous job, we were extremely short staffed, so holidays were workdays without client calls. Now, a day off is a day off. Maybe I’ll go for a bike ride. It’s supposed to be nice out.
- There is some ice cream left in the fridge. After this post, I think I’ll have a bowl.
- I have a pretty important deadline at work that has been consuming a lot of my time, and everyone else’s work depends on. Once it’s done, I can get back to my web project, and I won’t feel so under the gun.
- PlayStation is coming out with a firmware update for the PS3. It removes the Linux functionality from the older models. I have a newer one, so that doesn’t affect me. Nothing else is said in the announcement on the PlayStation Blog, but there has to be something more to it. I’m hoping the update may support other video formats.
- Four day weekend!
- The weather is getting nicer. That means more boardwalk strolls at lunch.
- My birthday is in April, and there are a few things I’ve wanted, but have been told to wait. Maybe in April.
In the few months after:
- I actually get vacation at work this year. This may be the year for our honeymoon. Two years late, but better late than never.
My strongest language is Java and JSP. I do personal website development in PHP. So, imagine by dismay when for a web pilot project at work, my only available option is ASP. I wasn’t opposed to learning the new language, more of the stakes involved.
- It needs to tie into the Active Directory user database.
- It needs to be completely secure. Users can only access certain parts, and NO MORE.
Depending on the success of the pilot, I may get tasked with a larger website project using the tools I know (Tomcat, Java, JSP, Eclipse, etc). I really need to pick this up quick, and do it right.
For tools, I’m using PSPad for coding, and a secure IIS Server for hosting.
Here are a few links that got me up and running with ASP in relatively short order.
- ASP Tutorial – A good starting reference on the main components of ASP.
- Active Directory login using ASP, NOT ASP.Net – Quick code for talking to Active Directory.
- Creating a Log File – Quick code to log the users who access a site.
- HOWTO: Use ASP/ADO to Query an ODBC Datasource – Quick code to latch onto a database by ODBC, select data, and iterate through the results.
Warning. You might not want to watch either of these.
Some pictures from my lunchtime walk.
After church, Merlin helped me do some laundry.