Apple Watch

I have always loved Apple products. When they announced the Apple Watch I didn’t think I’d want the product at all. In fact, like many others I had worries about the company and thought to myself “They can’t innovate anymore”. After all, you can only have so many home run products.

Well, recently I got one. The cheapest one. My Fitbit straps kept breaking on me and I thought what the heck, lets give it a try, so I did.

The Apple Watch does so many more functions than the Fitbit and I find myself not as… addicted to my phone. Which is a very good thing. I can’t wait for Wednesday to get the watchOS2 update. I think this update should have been what version 1 is supposed to be. I think it will really make me love this product which was very much a surprise for me.

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NAS

Yay for NAS’!

Not long ago I purchased a NAS device. My end goal was to build my own cloud storage device which would allow me to access my data from my laptop via the internet no matter where I’m at as well as my iPhone. I wanted to do this because I travel quite often and I wanted a way to move large files around for my clients and not have to pay a monthly bill with a cloud storage company. Think “my own personal dropbox” but I’m in charge of the server and their employees can’t snoop through my files. :)

In Over My Head…

At first, I thought I’d be in way over my head just because its a complex problem and I’m not one to know much about setting up networks. But I figured, what the heck lets give it a shot. After I started digging in and researching the best solution for me, I decided Synology was the best route. They had great customer reviews and a solid price for performance. I researched this solution for months before purchasing since NAS devices aren’t cheap. Once the device got to my place I had to go through a setup which was a bit intimidating for me. I obviously installed my hard drives and after that connected the device to my wireless router. Not long after that the NAS showed up on my computer which allowed me to install the proper software which is the key to allowing me to full fill my own personal cloud storage.

Road Block

I had a road block, one of my hard drives failed on me while I was setting up the software. I thought I had done something wrong initially to cause it to fail but the company was fine refunding me the money so I could purchase another one. Once I was back up and running again I finished the installation process and started configuring the devices for me to organize my files. I wasn’t for sure after I started using the NAS if it was worth the money. For some reason everything was slow and I was having a terrible user experience. I was about to sell the device as I was getting frustrated and confused with the process. I sat down and decided to spend a day messing with configurations before selling the unit. Believe it or not, I actually started to figure out what I was doing.

Cache is Key

There comes a time for me when working with software where the light bulb comes on and I feel pretty stupid for about a week. I had so many settings change that I had screwed up a lot of what I was doing myself. I figured the best way to fix this was to start over. I ended up wiping the device… not much fun but well worth it. I ended up re-installing the software, setting up the cache, and configuring the devices to utilize offline storage effectively. This helped a ton! I also noticed that the NAS was cycling through all of my images to generate thumbnails. This was super CPU intensive which is why it was running so slow the first time. After letting the NAS finish this process the device worked great!

Up & Running

The device was actually fast after I was up and running. I set Beth up as a user as well so she can view, backup, and store all of her photos. I think she enjoys the device more than me because of this feature. I also set it up so that she can watch movies online and offline on her iPad which she loves as well. Now that everything is set up and running great I’m really happy with my purchase. I’ve even found a way to server up my media onto my TV which was a bonus step in my goal to having a NAS. I must say I’m very happy and would recommend it to anyone. Sometimes the getting over the most frustrating hurdles gives you the biggest rewards. I’m pretty sure I’ll always have a NAS around moving forward because of the connivence its made in my digital life.

Next Steps

I want to continue to learn about how this devices can help me out. One of my next steps I’d like to take is to learn how to set up my own hosting for my website. This maybe challenging but would save me another monthly bill. Plus I’d be learning more tech in the process. :)

New Camera!

Elizabeth and I finally decided to get a new camera and take some photos of our last few trips. Below are pictures from Oregon (Portland and Eugene), Mt. Shasta, and Home (Roseville). In Oregon I got to visit my dear old friend, Amos Lanka. I also got the chance to meet some fellow developers that I chat with online throughout the day but until now haven’t gotten the change to meet them in person. From Portland we got to go to Eugene; I think there were more hippies in Eugene than there were in Portland. Then we past through Mt. Shasta on our way home to Roseville. Most of the pictures are taken from the car but we got out a few times to enjoy the scenery. Enjoy.

Decisions Decisions…

I’ve been working for myself for about 2 months now.

I was fortunate enough to have a nice and fairly new iMac computer when this transition happened. I’ve been enjoying working on it everyday but I’m starting to want to get out of the house more and more. Working from home is great but it kills the creative process at times. So I’ve decided to buy a new laptop. I would have bought one sooner but I’ve been also fortunate enough to have my part time Apple job to get me out of the house from time to time and by not purchasing a computer I can save money.

I’m now faced with the decision on which laptop I actually want to get. The Retina Macbook Pro or the Macbook Air? Right now I’m leaning toward the Retina Macbook Pro but, I still go back and forth on a hourly basis.

Any thoughts on this? Leave me a comment!

Ready Set Go!

So I just want to go on record and state that God works in weird ways. As many of you know I’ve been working at Delinea this last year and I’ve been loving it. The Delinea crew is talented, hard working, and I love being apart of the team. Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to pursue freelance work more than what I normally do.

I’m happy to announce that I’m going to start freelancing quite a bit more now. I’ll be doing freelance enough to start my own brand and client base.

I’m pleased to announce that I’m calling this project “Ready Set Go”. If you, or anyone you know has any web related needs feel free to mention my name and send them the link to Ready Set Go! That would help me out a great deal.

I will continue to work for Delinea Design and will balance my time appropriately. I look forward to sharing new Ready Set Go projects and keeping everyone up-to-date with the new things happening in my life!

Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me to follow the cue’s that God has presented to me.

Delinea Update

I’ve been asked by quite a few people how my new position at Delinea Design is going. Well here is the update…

I’ve been working at Delinea since December 15th. Which means I’ve been working there for just over 3 weeks. Granted, I’m still in the honeymoon phase but, I’ve been enjoying myself quite a bit thus far. I’ve already went live with a couple of websites and I’ve started on quite a few new projects.

Delinea treats their employees great. For instance, Delinea has just started a movie night. Once every week or so we get together and watch a movie at the Delinea studio where they have a projector setup and movie theater seating. :) This week ended up being my week to pick the movie selection. I picked “Office Space”. It was a good reminder as to what positions in my past were like.

Another perk to working for such a great company would be getting to take my dogs to work with me. Everyone seems to love Joey and Fred. Who can blame them really!? They are great dogs! I’ve taken them twice so far and they haven’t had any problems that I know of. Its good for them to get out of the house some too.

Working for such a small company gives me the chance to wear many hats. I got to go to a video shoot the other day. Granted I just hauled around equipment and watched the professionals do their thang. It was still fun to start learning about that side of media! I’m hope I get to keep learning more about video in the future.

In conclusion, I could see myself working for this company for awhile. Good people and work I really enjoy = a good combination.

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