Software Engineer

Jason Hancock

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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.

I’ve been lucky…when my last hard drive started to go out, it made a slow whining sound. Luckily, I was able to get all the data off of it and onto another drive before it died. When I say all the data, I’m talking 80GB of digital pictures, movies, music, etc. in addition to all my school work from UC Davis and all my personal financial records and documents. After this brush with near-data-loss, I decided that I had better get smarter about my data management.

Laura and I went to the Calico Clean Up yesterday. Calico is a town about 8 miles North of Barstow along I-15. It’s mainly a tourist attraction. It is operated as an old ghost town. However, outside of the town are several 4×4 trails. Unfortunately, lots of people go out there and camp, shoot guns, and dump trash. Some organizations were threatening to shut down the trails, so a few people got together and organized a clean up.

cleghorn trail

Hmmmm….I’m 25 now. I’m looking forward to my car insurance dropping in price and being able to rent a car. I went wheeling yesterday. It was freaking awesome. Best trail yet in So-Cal. It’s called the Cleghorn trail. It’s off I-15 just north of the I-15⁄215 split. I was supposed to meet some people from out there, but they all bailed. Luckily, some Nissan people were out there and invited me along.

I’ve learned so much in the last couple weeks it’s amazing….I stopped thinking about learning PHP and MySQL and started doing it. I found a basic log-in system based on PHP and MySQL and hacked it apart, modified it to use a MCV (Model-Controller-View) architecture, then started customizing. I’m thinking about building a web based trip planner, with functionality like an e-vite to help coordinate large camping trips, while also helping each camper to keep track of what gear they need to be packing.

anza borrego

Wow…it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything up here. A lot has been happening recently and this site got neglected a little bit. Let’s see….I went wheeling with the San Diego Yotatech crew a couple weeks back in Anza Borrego park. It’s north-east of San Diego. It was a good 3 hour drive for me from Glendale to Julian (the rendezvous point), but it ended up being well worth it.

Wow…it’s been a while since I’ve written anything. I’ve been rediculously busy lately with work and my own little projects. I landed an interview with company owned by Disney that is responsible for making their internet games and websites. Hopefully that will go well. I don’t think my interview with Bitscribe went over too well as I have not heard back from them. I really was lacking experience in basically everything that they were looking for.

I have to report for my final day of jury duty in about 8 hours. I’d better get to sleep soon (it’s 12:30 AM). I just don’t know that I can sleep. Maybe it’s because of all the resume’s and BS I’ve sent out, I haven’t gotten a single response. Not a single email. Nothing. I had an interview lined up…too bad it was in Santa Barbra. Laura has her job pretty much secured.