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Archive for January, 2012

Source Control? No thanks.

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 at 11:59 pm

I prefer to live life DANGEROUSLY.

I’ve never been a fan of source control, checking things in and out, locked files, merging files, etc. I always found it more tedious than beneficial. After all, I make my own backups during project milestones. And I was one of the 5 or so developers that didn’t properly use Source Control at my work when they tried to implement it, and if one person doesn’t use it, the whole thing crashes down. LOL so basically, I ruined it for everyone else /flex. And no, I don’t feel bad, our team still got along great without it.

I know I’m playing devil’s advocate here. I know Source Control is good. There are few drawbacks and using a few seconds here and there can save hours if something goes wrong.

I think it’s basically just that I’m arrogant, so arrogant in fact that I don’t believe I’d ever make such ridiculous mistakes. After all, I’m perfect. Or at least close to it. Or…more accurately I just try to be. But I guess WE ALL make mistakes…..and when those mistakes happen (as they have in the past), I won’t be ready cuz I’m too arrogant to have used Source Control. Sorry, that was some kind of cyclical argument. Basically, I admit I’m flawed and my arrogance is one of my downfalls.

I was in a meeting last Friday and wrote down “Source Control” and “Arrogance” (beside my doodle of Cyclops from the X-Men) I guess as something to blog about. So here it is. :/

/just wanted to write something

Site updates – Migration of professional items to warrenshea.com

Monday, January 30th, 2012 at 11:53 am

Some minor site updates.

I removed the Portfolio from my navigation
And linked Resume to warrenshea.com (still not up yet).

I’ve migrated everything from my worldofwarren.com Portfolio section to my warrenshea.com Portfolio section so there’s not much point in keeping it…I just can’t wait to finish.

warrenshea.com is almost complete. I have about 30 items to put in and I’ve put in like, 23ish….but I still have to go through my BMO work and scour what I can put in, so the list might increase.

Once that’s done, some more writing, and i’m DONE.

I’m really struggling with my professional voice on this website…I want to feel professional, but also fun and playful…like IRL.

Anyways, productive weekend (tho not as productive as I would have liked). I hope the rest of the week is productive

Tutorial: Converting characters into their HTML entity names

Saturday, January 28th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Purpose of this tutorial
To convert characters in code into their HTML entity names

What you need to know/have
Adobe Dreamweaver

Note
This tutorial uses Adobe Dreamweaver CS4

Procedure
Step 1: Enter your special characters into Dreamweaver’s source. (Or more likely, it already exists in your document).

Step 2: Select the text you want converted

Step 3: Cut (CTRL + X) it

Step 4: Change the characterset to ascii in the meta tag.

Step 5: Paste your copy into the DESIGN portion of Dreamweaver (this is very important)

Step 6: Change the characterset back to UTF-8 or ISO-8859-1 (or whatever you had before) and save.

My ramblings
I rarely use this on a personal level but I can’t say I haven’t done it many time professionally. Hopefully this tutorial helps save you some time when you’re like “why doesn’t my code work in this browser?”

4 Web Projects now? SAY WAH?!?T?!!

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 at 2:20 am

I’ve been motivated again. Sorta. Another web developer around me has drive. Now, usually I’m highly motivated by competitiveness. I can already feel that it’s not as true this time….the gap in skill is too great (that’s not meant to be offensive). However, the person’s drive as well as taking action on improving has inspired me to do the same.

I think 1 or 2 months ago, I was still struggling with warrenshea.com. I had my secret project, the one related to a specific toy line, on hold because though I wanted to do it, I wanted to finish warrenshea.com first.

But sometime since then, I’ve become motivated again and have two more sites I wanna do. Unfortunately, they’re both secret for now.

So I have 4 projects
warrenshea.com – TO FINISH
[toy company][toyline].com – TO START
[project anime] – TO START
[project internet meme] – TO START (just came up with this today)

Timeline wise,
warrenshea.com – 1 month MAX
[toy company][toyline].com – 2 months
[project internet meme] – 2 months
[project anime] – 8 months

I think I’ll do things in this order. Maybe swap [toy company][toyline].com and [project internet meme].

Anyways, I’m motivated for the first time in a long while. NO MOAR GOING OUT. MUST DEV. RAWR.

It’s like describing every freelance web project I’ve ever worked on

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 at 12:43 am

If you want something produced/designed/created/built you can only have something done:

– Masterfully
– For Cheap
– Quickly

But you can only pick 2, you will never get all three.

This is a quote I read somewhere….I just wanted to post it because I found it very true in most cases….not always true though.
I wanted to remember it…so I just thought I’d post it :) My blog is my notebook/journal/diary