Dan Gowans My personal thoughts and mindless ramblings

New job, new computer, new tools

03.20.2010 · Posted in Software, Work

Just over a month ago, I made a big transition.  I changed jobs.  With that came a change in computers and a change in main programming languages.  I’m probably the youngest guy actively developing new COBOL code.

I’m getting used to the new development tools, but some things I just can’t handle.  Why develop in nano (pico) when there are so many other great text editors out there?  The problem is that my work machine has a program called Deep Freeze which prevents me from installing new applications.  What’s a guy to do?

Portable applications!  My home drive is “unlimited”, so if I save my applications there, I can run them as need be.  Perfect.

What applications can I just not accept, and what applications do I use instead?

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Finally, DanGowans.com!

03.19.2010 · Posted in Thoughts

I’ve wanted it for a while, and finally it is mine.  DanGowans.com.

I’m getting a little older, and blogging under “The Howdy Kid” name just seems wrong to me now.  After all, I did register howdykid.com back in high school.  I’ve since graduated high school, gone through four years of university, and almost three full years in the working world.  It’s time.

Over the next few weeks, I hope to make this site into something special.  Lame I know, but I want to get my mini projects in check.  I want to get back my ranting outlet.  I want to build the best landing page (for me) on the Internet.  I have a few programming projects I want to release on the world.  I hope to get all of that and more from this site, and I think I can.  I think I can.

I hope you enjoy this project as much as I hope to do myself.