Dan Gowans My personal thoughts and mindless ramblings

Good Friday stroll in the park

04.02.2010 · Posted in Photos

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.

My bi-polar day

04.01.2010 · Posted in Thoughts, Work

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.

Things took a turn when I got home.  Sarah had plans with the girls, so I thought I’d watch Community and The Office, and try out the new PS3 firmware.  Unfortunately, my hopes were dashed.

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.

Things I’m looking forward to in the immediate future

03.29.2010 · Posted in Thoughts

This week:

  • 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!

In April:

  • 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.

Starting out with ASP

03.27.2010 · Posted in Work

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.

A Sunday in the life of Merlin

03.21.2010 · Posted in Merlin

After church, Merlin helped me do some laundry.