It has been two months since my last post. It's amazing how quickly time goes by when you're busy. I'm on my fourth month at my new job and still learning the ropes. It's been fun and each day I look forward to going in. Working with Microsoft products has been challenging but I'm getting the hang of it. I feel there is a lot of potential with this company and it's a great opportunity for me to learn something new. So far I'm digging the job as well as the people.
Besides the new job I have been keeping busy around the house and trying to squeeze in as much reading and learning as possible. I wish I had more time to dedicate to it but I've learned to just roll with it day by day.
I'm working on a new project called, Liquid Brains. It's a private managed web hosting company where I can focus on what I am really passionate about, Server Administration. I have a handful of people right now that are trying it out and testing it for me. I hope to officially release it to the public soon. For right now it's limited to just friends and clients I work with.
I stumbled across a nice online regular expression testing tool yesterday. It's called RegExPal and has been a handy tool for writing regular expressions and testing them before implementation.
Today I glanced over at a pile of NES games that I have. I thought it'd be fun to play a few of them. Instead of hooking up the NES I installed NEStopia for Linux. NEStopia is a free emulator that I have enjoyed using in the past. Once installed, I then downloaded a few free ROMs from The NES Files. I may have opened a can of worms because there are a lot of games I want to play again. Games such as Battle Toads, Bubble Bobble, Friday the 13th, Fester's Quest, Donkey Kong, RBI Baseball, the list goes on and on.
Around 2001 a friend (Pete Lindeman) and I started a web hosting and development company called, Veloy Technologies. We had an amazing store front office on Walnut Street in Mankato, Minnesota. We were up and running for a few years until our largest client acquired us. I believe we were ahead of our time back then. I only wish that I had been mature enough eighteen years ago to handle the stress and responsibilities of owning a business. I think we could have done bigger and better things with a sales team and proper management.
Below is a screen shot of our company's website in 2001. We also had a separate site for technical support for our web hosting clients, our very own IRC server running for live help, as well as our own web-based email client that we developed specifically for our customers' use.
I some times find myself looking through backups of photos, websites, code, etc. for fun. I stumbled across this website mock-up from 2008 by my old friend Ken Adams. I ran with this for a couple of years. He has always created fun graphics for me to work with and I always enjoy working with him.
It's been eleven years now. I look at this and I just can't believe how far web development has come in such a short time. It continues to change rapidly and I do believe that it has to be one of the most exciting fields to be involved in.