Software Engineer

Jason Hancock

last update:

Laura and I went up to her parents’ house for the weekend. We left around 9am on Saturday and drove up to Apple Valley. I started trying to fix her Dad’s computer and then changed clothes to help clean up the back yard. We moved a pallet of bricks. After that, the rest of the yard work was done and it was time to have some fun. We removed the car cover from her dad’s 1968 Camaro RS Convertible.

places to visit

Had a couple minutes at work today and came up with a list of places I’d like to visit in the next couple years. Laura gets really bored when we don’t go anywhere for a while, so I figure if I start a list, when the time comes, I’ll have some ideas of where we could go. Some of these places will require camping to get the experience that I want…who can fully appreciate nature’s beauty from a hotel?

i happened to doze off for a few minutes around 10:30 but I woke up wide awake. We had pizza from Numero Uno for dinner and I have a slight hint of heartburn right now. I’ve taken a new approach at work. Instead of trying to pick up the operations side of everything, I’m doing my best to immerse myself in the development. I’m asking all sorts of questions about all sorts of things.


It’s no secret that pirates is using NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Installation System) to build the installer.exe file to install the game. You can see that information plain as day when you are installing the game. The only experience I had before Disney building installers was at Intel. I had used some MS tool to build an installer package for a tool I wrote. It was a pain in the ass. I fought with the damn tool for hours upon hours until it worked correctly.

So there I was…trying to distract myself from the task at hand while at work and was reading some online news. I stumbled across this article about a new amusement park that offers the experience to try and cross the border into the United States from Mexico. I can’t believe that people are actually paying for this. I think we live in a sad society when we can take pleasure in others’ misery.

What I do at work now is pretty cool…I take the code from the developers, work some magic on it, and turn it into the stuff that our customers can download and play. It’s a pretty cool gig, but I really want to write my own code, help build the game, etc., so I’ve decided to learn Panda3D, our 3d graphics engine. I took the first steps last night by downloading and installing the pre-compiled Win-32 binaries.

locked out

I did something stupid yesterday. Let me start with a background on my day. I woke up, felt a little better than the day before, got dressed and went to work. I worked a solid 9.25 hour day, ate dinner at work, and stopped at the mall on my way home. I went night shooting the night before and immediately realized that I need a tripod. I found a tripod at the camera shop for $20 (probably not the best, but when I get a real tripod sometime down the line, it will make me appreciate it a lot more).

I’ve been talking about it for a while now, so I finally went out and did it….I bought a DSLR. Not any Digital SLR, a Nikon D80 with a 18-135mm lens. Out of the box, I was pretty impressed. I immediately plugged in the battery to start charging (longest 2.25 hours of my life). While it was charging, I started reading the quick-start guide. I also unpacked the camera bag, extra battery, and flash card (2GB SD) that I bought.

It’s really easier than you think. Why would you want to set up your own web server? Well, if you like to share photos/music/etc. and NOT pay for hosting, then you should set up your own web server. What you need: an old computer that meets fedora’s min specs a hi-speed internet connection a dyndns client some time Follow these instructions on installing and configuring fedora core 6.

fedora core 6

My frustration with Windows is continuing to grow. I have been doing a lot of web development on my XP box lately. This required me to run MySQL and Apache on my machine. I could have run Microsoft’s IIS web server, but Apache is just sooooo much better. I’ve also been running a couple other services in the backgound on my machine. I would just run it on my linux box, but until last week, I didn’t have one.