I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea about the previous post about my job as a web developer. While I don’t always enjoy the job, and while some people get under my skin, overall, I work with some pretty great people.

I work in the wing with both HR and IT, as they are mashed together in one department. My boss, and bosses boss are amazing people, with personalities on what I’d consider different ends of the scale, but still both amazing.

The HR women are all very nice to me and welcoming. They’ve made my stay in Walkerton much more bearable, and have brought almost a sense of family to my life here.

The IT guys and woman are great as well. One specifically has a youthful geeky side that is really great. The other web developer for the County is someone I usually see eye to eye with. His skills in PHP are better than my own, but he’s always been super helpful and patient.

In the end, I don’t think I could keep working for the County if it wasn’t for the more than a dozen people that keep my spirits up, make my job easier, and my life better.

Jobs are all about the people you work with, and if I could move the people, and the job to somewhere like Ottawa, I think I would be much more happy, as the lack of any enjoyment in my personal life bleeds into my working life, making the whole experience harder than it should be.

Gaming on Macs

I love that Steam is working to become the center point when it comes to the future of gaming on Apple computers. Often, on my Macbook Pro, I’d wish that I could play games with my friends, but unfortunately, the only one that worked on my machine was EvE Online. Now, dozens of titles are working via Steam for Mac and the most recent addition is Team Fortress 2.

While most Apple computers don’t have the best video cards, I still think it is great that finally one company decided it was worth their time to be a platform to push gaming forward on the OS X operating system. Now if only they could get their client to work on Linux, and get some games compatible for that OS. Maybe then I’d go back to dual-booting Ubuntu and Windows 7.

The Future of Gaming

If you had asked me two years ago if I thought the monetization of gaming would go beyond subscription fees, or purchasing upgrades for advantages, I would have told you that you were crazy. Now we have higher level speeches about gaming and how it effects both people and businesses.

On the flip side, I always knew that big companies like Coke and Ford would get into gaming in one way or another…

First check out this video where Adam Walden talks about the evolution of video games.

And then check out this scary video:

Movies I Want to Watch For the Rest of 2010

In no particular order, here are the movies that stood out to me as ones I want to see over the course of the second half of 2010. Many of them I hope to see in theatres, but to see them all on the big screen would cost far too much.

The Karate Kid
Grown Ups
Knight and Day
Twilight: Eclipse
The Last Airbender
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
The Adjustment Bureau
Despicable Me
Dinner for Schmucks
The Eagle of the Ninth
The Experiment
The Green Hornet
Gulliver’s Travels
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One
The Joneses
The Karate Kid
Mr. Nobody
Tron: Legacy
The Warlords

Finally Joining

Yup, this blog is hosted on, despite the fact that I know how to self-host my blogs, and I know how to code themes, plugins, etc… Why would I do that? Especially right after they suffer an outage? (Read TechCrunch for a not so nice post about the outage)

In the end, I am tired of paying for hosting, domains, and more. I am scaling back my digital life, and one of the easiest ways to do this is to trust third party tools and services. Their hosting will always, despite any outages, be more stable and have a higher up time than any single server environment I can buy. The “cloud” is just too powerful.

I hope to continue to offload my digital assets to companies, while making sure I can switch/change at any time I choose.

Camera I Would Like to Own: Canon Digital Rebel T2i

I’ve always been a fan of taking pictures. If it was up to me, it would be one of my daily jobs. Right now, I am coveting the Canon Digital Rebel T2i, an 18MP digital SLR with some great features. It costs around $1000, and I hear the kit lens isn’t the greatest, but it has HD video recording, and seems to have a fast focus lock, and other great goodies for an entry level digital SLR.

From Best Buy’s Website:

  • Shoot up to 3.7 frames per second for up to 6 consecutive RAW files
  • The new Movie Crop function lets you crop and SD-quality movie (640×480) to the equivalent of nearly 7x magnification of regular shooting
  • A dual-layer, 63-zone sensor measures the amount of light, colour and luminosity for stunning accuracy and spectacular results every time
  • Use the handy Quick Control button to access the settings you use most
  • A 3″ Clear View LCD monitor features anti-reflective and water-repellant coatings; plus, you can adjust the level of brightness based on ambient lighting
  • Go from movies to still shots (and back again) with a simple press of the Live View/Movie shooting button

Why don’t I just go buy it? Currently, I am not only supporting myself and my life in Walkerton, but also Sabine. And despite recently selling our house, my expenses aren’t going to go down much. In fact, they might even go up a bit. Add to that, a maxed out credit card, and you have a situation where this geek can’t afford any new gadgets right now, especially ones that cost the same as my whole last computer.

Bruce County Web Developer

I have been a web developer for the County of Bruce for ten months now. I’ve spent most of that time working on a single project, and while it is launched now. I still don’t really want to attach my name to it. The project was a major revamp of the tourism website, and in the end, while I was able to code a variety of different things, and give my opinions, I feel like too many things went wrong, and too many common sense ideas were ignored, and in the end, we created a Frankenstein monster.

Beyond that, the project was completed using MODx, a “CMS framework” that took me a fair bit of time to get a handle on, and to this day, still plagues me due to the missing documentation, and limited community.

Add to that the issues we’ve been having finding a suitable, cost effective, powerful server environment for our ever growing stable of sites, and my ten months working for the government feel more like two or three years.

I was spoiled as a freelancer. When times were good, I got to pick and choose my clients, taking only the jobs that would allow me to learn new skills, and keep me excited. I got to work with people that I idolized, and feel like I was an important part of the team.

I’ve also been dealing with two different things that continually pull me away from this job: I want to be closer to my family and friends and I have that one year itch to do something new. I’ve been slowly looking for a new job that will fit my talents, challenge me, give me opportunities to learn new things, and allow me to move closer to my family and friends, but it is a slow process, and while I do feel the itch to move and do something different, I also feel the comfort in knowing that I can handle everything in my job right now.

It is definitely hard to shake the comfort to take a risk, especially since I’ve always taken so many risks with my career in the past.