Category: Personal

A Shiny BlackBerry Pearl?

November 26th, 2007 — 9:41am

So I’ve been thinking about upgrading my cell phone for a little bit now (stupid tempting ads in the mail) and I’ve been looking around for something I thought would make a nice upgrade from my current flip-phone. What I really wanted was something with a bit more power so I took a look at the PDA/Smartphone category on my provider’s website. There were some nice ones on there (expensive ones too) but the one that really caught my eye was this one:

I’ve been using a BlackBerry (older model) at work and have found it pretty easy to use. The one for work is a bit bigger and older, so the slightly smaller size of the Pearl would be nice. The only problem I’ve come across, though, is the differing opinions as to the quality of the phone and things like battery life, signal strength, etc. I’ve seen a lot of people on forums swear by them and, two threads down, people cursing them after having to exchange them four times already.

Has anyone out there had any experience with these phones? Are they worth making the upgrade to or should I just walk on by?

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Webmaster Jam Session 2007

September 20th, 2007 — 4:19pm

Yeah, so it’s a little late to mention it (the conference starts bright and early tomorrow morning), but I’m going to be hanging out the next two days at this year’s Webmaster Jam Session here in Dallas. Looks like a good lineup this year – I’d wanted to go last year, but scheduling conflicts didn’t allow it.

Being all PHP, all the time is a nice place to be, but it’s good to branch out and get a little bit of the other side of things. My inner designer is practically jumping for joy.

Webmaster Jam Session 2007 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Dallas, Tx

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Fun is…

September 2nd, 2007 — 1:57pm

…finally getting to the vacation spot (after two plane trips and a 1 1/2 hour layover – did I mention with a 3 month old) only to check your work email “real quick” only to discover that the SSL cert for your companies website expired the morning you left.

Nothing like 50 panicked emails sitting in your inbox from customers and fellow employees alike to make you feel bad for leaving on a work day – heh.

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Little Baby Connor

May 27th, 2007 — 5:40pm

Well, this is the first time that I’ve managed to get back to a net connection where I can add this new post, but I wanted to share with everyone the latest addition to our little family – Connor:

He was born on May 24th here in Dallas and came in at a nice 7 lbs, 4 oz with a full head of hair and a set of good, loud lungs. Momma and baby are doing great and daddy is getting a crash course in baby care and the art of diaper disposal.

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The Results are In…

November 13th, 2006 — 9:43pm

Well, no more being anxious about the Zend Certification Exam (taken two weeks ago – does that make me impatient?) – an email came today that sealed my fate for the PHP 5 version of the test…

I passed! :) I am officially a PHP 5 Certified Engineer :)

Woo! It’s funny how, no matter how old you get, you always (well, I always) seem to feel the the same way after I’ve taken a test and am waiting on the results. Either way, it’s always a relief to find out the result – good or bad. Thankfully, it turned out good this time :) Congrats to all of the others out there that took the test and are new ZCEs!

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Oh so happy!

October 2nd, 2006 — 11:33am

So, I wanted to wait until we found out for sure on Friday, but here it is:

We’re going to have a baby :) woo!

We now return you a regularly scheduled coding…

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My New Addiction

September 21st, 2006 — 9:03am

My wife and I visited England (up by York and Manchester) and much fun was had by all.

Too bad I came back with an addiction. It’s taken hold of me and is constantly with me. I can’t stop thinking about it and I wonder when I can get my next fix. I feel the constant need to spend lots of money to feed my habit (and with the exchange rate right now, that’s not a good thing), and I just can’t get the stuff I need over here.

That’s right, I’m an addict.
I’m addicted to Tom Holt books (not quite what you were expecting, eh?)

Yes, I casually picked up one of his books (“Falling Sideways“) in a shop while we were over there and finished it in about two days. I have to say, I haven’t read anything so delightfully light-hearted and funny in a long time (we’ll, that wasn’t something I’d read a million times over).

Alas, my probem still remains – the US store doesn’t carry them all (only like 10 or so) and ordering them from overseas is a bit expensive right now for us U.S-ers. I’ve ordered “Omnibus 5: Tall Stories” and “The Portable Door” from Amazon, and I’m counting the days.

It’s always fun to discover a writer you really enjoy, especially when you find out that that writer has loads of books for you to catch up on :)

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Re: Reading Tech Books

August 30th, 2006 — 9:43am

Following in Lig’s lead on the number of books she’s reading, I thought I’d take stock of what kinds of books I’ve been reading on lately. Now, whether I’ll make it finishing them by the end of the year – that’s another story, but at least I’ll have a better idea of where I lie.

These aren’t in an order either other than my own train of thought as I write this:

  • php|architect’s Guide to PHP Design Patterns
  • Theo’s book, Scalable Internet Architectures
  • Ajax in Action
  • Creating Web Pages with Ajax

And, I dont know if it counts, but I also read over 205 feeds worth of information each day to grab the content for PHPDeveloper. Of course, those are all quick reads (well, most of them – some of you bloggers out there get a bit long winded at times – hehe).

Oh, and as far as fiction – I’m rereading the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for the umpteenth time, but it’s always a good, light read.

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Talkin’ T-Shirts

August 13th, 2006 — 4:56pm

So, remember the t-shirt idea I mentioned before for the conference? Well, I’ve thrown something together for it and wanted to get some feed back on it from all of you lovely readers out there. Here’s the thumbnails.

I wanted to keep in mind both promoting the site (woo!) and the community too (yay!), so I kept the front simple with the PHP opening tag and my domain on the front and on the back….drum roll please….a tag cloud of the people/projects/companies that help make the PHP community what it is today. The different terms are different sizes, but that’s more for stylistic reasons than any kind of reference. There’s no way I could ever figure out how much each of them has contributed to the community and rank them, so I just went with picking at random.

So then, two questions for you all:

  • First off, do you like the design? Would you wear it and enjoy it?
  • And, secondly, would you buy one? Really what I’m getting at here is asking how big of a first run I would need to do. I’m going to have them at this year’s Zend Con but I didn’t know what the demand would be for them outside of that.

So, let me know on the above points – I’d appreciate any kind of feedback you can give!

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I’ll Be There, Will You?

August 3rd, 2006 — 9:21am

Well, it looks like I’m going to make it to some conferences this year after all (thanks to an understanding boss). They’re both right there next to each other, so it’ll be good to have it all right there.

First up is this fall’s The Ajax Experience put on by the guys at and the No Fluff Just Stuff Java Symposium Series. I’m not going to be speaking or anything, but since I write for the site, I’m going to be helping out with things. It’s running from October 23rd through the 25th up in Boston, Massachusetts, and if it was anything like the other one earlier this year, there’ll be some great speakers and great developers attending.

They’re still looking for speakers for the event, so if you’re up for giving an Ajax-related talk (preferably Ajax and PHP, but it doesn’t matter too much), check out this page for more details and the email address of where to send your talk information.

The next up, of course, is actually later that week – the Zend/PHP Conference and Expo happening out in San Jose, California. Thanks to the kind people organizing the conference, I’ll be one of the “press” attending the event. I’ve also taken out an ad in the conference program, so if you attend you’ll have to look for the 4th page ad. They haven’t posted the list of speakers yet, but I know it’ll be some good stuff – it always is. The tough part will be choosing which talks to attend.

I might also be doing some shameless self-promotion while I’m there. I was thinking about making up some shirts (something black with a simple logo-based design) to pass out to those that would want them. Think anyone would be interested? At the very least, it’d be fun to wear one myself during the conference. I’d stick out pretty well then, I guess…

Anyway, hope to see some of you out there at either of these conferences. I shouldn’t be too hard to find if you want to stop me and say “hi” while you’re there. I love meeting people that like….

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