Demos with Docker

I work at a software company and we offer our customers the opportunity to trial our software. Our software is Linux-based, so this can present a challenge for our customers who may not necessarily have a Linux environment to install our demo. We have used a few different “virtualization” strategies to host these demos and most recently, Docker. Where we’ve been Prior to my arrival, the company had been using… Read More »

Staying out of rat holes

One of the aspects of being a sysadmin that I really enjoy is crafting little tools that I need to get my job done. I had an opportunity last week to code up a tool to assist with loading some data into my company’s website. My company maintains a database of journal articles in which our software is used to perform research. Our marketing team uses a tool that has… Read More »

Programming Language ADD

For various parts of the past few months, I have been trying to discern another programming language I want to pick up. I’ve got background with C/C++, Java, Shell Scripting, Ruby, and most recently Python. Python being the language that I use for most of my “scripting” day to day work. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Python’s elegance and readability. I have dabbled with Django and Flask. But I can’t… Read More »

Been away

It’s been a while since I have posted anything here. I’d like to give an update on what I’ve been working on. The job situation is very good. I am really enjoying what I am doing. It keeps me busy, especially with coaching two baseball teams. It’s nice to be in a position that I can leave the office and turn the job off. I am supporting multiple entities in… Read More »

Job Status Change

I have taken a position as a system administrator. It’s with a small company here in St. Louis that has quite a bit going on. My predecessor had some health issues six months ago and has not returned, nor are they likely to ever. Needless to say my plate is rather full and I like it that way. Idle hands are not good. I have working primarily to improve some… Read More »

Happy New Year!

I plan on making 2014 a much better year for me professionally. I don’t know if you’ve thought about what changes you plan to make, but I’ve got a start. I will be reacquainting myself with my system administration skills and picking those necessary to become a software developer. Watch me grow! Whatever you choose to do, I wish you all the best and much success in 2014!  

On Being Self-Taught in 2014

One of the biggest trends that I saw in 2013 was the dramatic increase in opportunities to become self-taught through Internet tutorial sites. Sure, some of these have been around for a while, but it seemed like I was see more and more ads and emails from these services this past year. I think this is a pretty interesting development for society as a whole. The relative availability of these… Read More »

A fitting day to start

A New Beginning This week I have some time off to think about the direction that I want my career to take, because I have left Edward Jones. So, I am launching this blog to document what I find. It’s quite fitting that I am starting this blog on Christmas Day, the day that another “start” happened. It’s been apparent to me for a couple of months that sales may… Read More »