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Posted 2014.04.16 14.16 in Cats, Work

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Busy Busy

Posted 2014.04.01 20.06 in iphone, Work

Sorry the posts have been few and far between recently / the past few months / this year.

The good news – I’m barely depressed at all lately, so no doom-and-gloom posts to darken your days.

The ‘bad’ news – I’ve been so busy working on things, I keep forgetting to stop and make time to post about stuff.

I’m doing about 50% working on app-related things, and 50% working on my ‘regular day job‘ stuff. App stuff is fun and interesting, the day job stuff is…day job stuff. Plus, it’s tax-time which is always fun. You know, fun like dental surgery.

I’ve got a brand-new app I’ve been trying to finish for a week and a half now, but I keep finding new features to add and new bugs to squish. Then I have another update I want to push out for Overlord! – a minor bug squish and another new feature or two.

Then I have a Very Big update for Wicca Plus to get cracking on. More features, more goodies. I don’t want to spoil it, but if I manage to succeed at what I’m planning, it will be very nifty.

Busy Busy.

One Month In

Posted 2013.11.03 12.35 in Work

So, it’s been just over a full month since I started working from home full-time.

I haven’t completely gone paranoid anti-social nutters. Not yet, at least. I did clean my desk, though:

Working

The image depicts a typical session of work. XCode and iOS Simulator are running on the big 27″ screen. Terminal and Finder are running on the secondary screen. The iPad and iPhone are there too for testing or debugging. And a notepad. Yeah I still use pen and paper for most of my quick or short notes and reminders.

One thing I was a little worried about when working from home, was that I might be tempted to work less, or slack off or the sort. After the first month, I don’t think that’s happened. What has happened though, is my ‘productive hours’ have moved around.

Rather than plugging in from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, I find that I’m working the same amount of time, but doing it whenever. Like maybe I don’t get much done on a Monday or a Tuesday, but I put in 18 straight hours on a Sunday. Or work from 2pm to midnight through the week. That sort of thing.

That’s not to say that I’m not available or doing nothing when I’m not being ‘productive’. I think I’m more available than I was before, since rather than a 9-to-5 window, I’m pretty much ‘at work’ 24-7 now. Eg. I can respond to customers’ emails at 7am over morning coffee, or 9pm after dinner.

Anyhow, most of the aprehension I was feeling last month about this move has faded. Now I’m just back to the normal level of stress. And I’m looking forward to see how month number two shapes up.

Homeward Bound

Posted 2013.09.27 13.19 in Work

To varying degrees, I have been self-employed since 1991.

That is to say, I have not been anyone’s employee for the past 22 years. I’ve done contract work, I’ve had some regular customers for almost all of those 22 years, and I’ve had other customers who’ve come and gone.

I’ve always done at least some work from home, but I’ve also always done at least some work at an office. My office, customers’ offices, et cetera.

Over the past couple months however, I’ve been working more and more from home, and less and less in an office. That trend is now going full speed ahead.

Starting next month, I’ll be working full time 100% from home.

Right now, I’m feeling about 60% excitement, 30% anxiety, and 10% overwhelmed.

For the past several years I’ve shared office space with a couple of my customers, and now we’re all getting out. Everyone’s moving their work home.

There’s a Lot of stuff that needs to be moved home, lots of files, equipment, furniture… And then there’s another whole lot of furniture and stuff that we don’t even need so we’ll try and sell. And then there’s a whole whole lot of stuff that’s just junk we need to get rid of.

Every time I think I have a handle on what needs to be done, every time I think things are nearly finished and we can relax, some new pile of work / files / stuff appears and we’re back to trying to revise the plans.

Still, even with all that, it has (more or less) gone smoothly so far. With only two more days to go before I ought to be full-time at home, things are not too overwhelmingly crazy.

That just leaves only one big potential glitch to get in the way of me working from home:

In The Way

Page Pruning

Posted 2013.07.22 10.51 in Computers/Internet/Technology

So I’m going to keep the lighter look here.

The darker theme was ok and had some clever tricks I was proud of, but considering I was already thinking of dumping it just 5 months after creating it, the two and a half years it had were quite enough.

There’s going to be some additional overhauls happening. I want to get the ‘pages’ stuff in order. I’ve already pulled down some of the really old, outdated, stuff (sorry Newton, Visor, HPLX). It’s not deleted, just disabled. I’m going to see if I can’t consolidate the older stuff, maybe put it off to the side somewhere.

Maybe convert some of the pages into posts, so they’re still searchable, but part of the ‘archives’ rather than the static pages. Especially for the older stuff, I can insert it into the history from when it was actually relevant.

Either way, I’m planning on pruning things down from the 60+ static pages that exist now, to a dozen or less. Half dozen? Handful?


Update – I’ve already started pruning. The Visor, Newton, and HPLX pages are now archived blog posts. Going to keep at it, actually.

Update 2 – Also the Artwork and Zipit pages have been archived into blob posts rather than pages, and the Lasers stuff has been streamlined (see the Site Map.)

I was worried about some crazy broken links but somehow, magically, it’s still working. I suspect WordPress is clever enough to redirect visitors to the moved pages and posts and whatnot. It only breaks when I move things twice, so I’ll try not to do that. Any more.

All that’s left to streamline is the ham radio stuff.

Three Weeks!

Posted 2013.01.29 9.59 in Pointless Blather

So today is the three week anniversary, if you’re the sentimental type. Three weeks that my pneumonia and I have been together.

Wish I could say the time’s been glorious and wonderful, but it’s actually been exactly the opposite of that.

Yeah, pneumonia. I thought it was probably a cold at first, then as it kept getting worse I figured flu. By day 9 I was feeling absolutely dreadful so I went and saw the doctor, and she decided it was pneumonia.

10 days of expensive antibiotics later I was feeling maybe kind of sort of better. A bit. A few days on from that and I’m still taking OTC cold&flu pills to fight the symptoms. They don’t work great, but I tried not taking them and that was much worse.

After 21 days it’s starting to get hard to remember what it’s like not to be short of breath, not to be coughing all the time, not to feel exhausted after inconsequential things like getting dressed & ready for work.

I was really hoping to be feeling better by now too; the next couple weeks are going to be really busy at work and it’s going to flat out suck if I’m feeling like this the whole time.

The Week in Review

Posted 2011.06.17 23.07 in Pointless Blather

Canada Post sucks.

Vancouver Canucks failed.

Work was hectic and occasionally stressful.

The weather was ok.

That is all.