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What I’ve Been Up To

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Good afternoon everyone!

You’ve all been wondering what I’ve been up to these several months where I’ve been absent from blogging.  The truth is…I haven’t had much time to sit down and write.  Sure, I could have started something and then saved as a draft and keep adding as time progressed.  However, if I were to do that, I would have a novel on my hands because I’d have so much to say.  It wouldn’t be broken down and I’d have no viewers.  Not many people want to sit down and read a blogger’s novel.  🙂

So here’s a semi-nutshell story of my life so far over the past 9 months.

As many of you know, I was living in South Bend, IN for a couple years while my cousin was in school. We had a lot of fun together…and we hope to live together again sometime in the future.

Back in April of 2011, I took a job at my dad’s vet clinic as the IT guy.  I thought it would be a routine job of walking around the clinic and fixing computers.  Boy was I wrong!  In June, 2011, I found out we were going to do a massive computer software upgrade and change over from one veterinary management software to another!  The jump was so big, I’d compare it to jumping from MS-DOS to Windows 7!  Yeah, it was crazy!  We began implementation in August, the same day I moved out of my apartment in South Bend (yeah that was super crazy, driving to GR from SB only to go back to SB a couple hours later to finish moving out so we won’t get fined).  I found myself getting more busy each day.  We had a lot of preparation.  I found myself taking over most of the jobs our offsite IT people were doing which brought me to the role of IT director as well as director of Marketing.  We had a private training session with the top 5 key employee on the new software system back in September.  At the end of October, we went live with everything.  Our clinic is now totally state-of-the-art with digital lab equipment, digital X-Ray computer system, digital whiteboard, etc.

Now that the dust has settled and the employees are getting accustomed to the system, I now have time to work on some other things / projects.

I’ve been going up to our cottage more frequently this year (and last fall, winter) to chill up there and relax.  Although with new systems at the clinic means that I need to be reachable for computer emergencies and spontaneous updates.  And that’s why I’m glad I have AT&T cell service.  It’s the only provider that gets decent coverage at my cottage.  And with 3G data on the way in the next month or so, in addition to a higher tower, service will greatly improve for us!

I’m getting back into writing again.  I normally write fan fictions, but I’m looking at writing an actual novel with original characters and plots.  I’m mapping it out right now.  If all goes well, I’m going to see if I can get it published.

I’m getting back into photography.  I bought a new digital camera, which I really love.  I’ve been taking lots of pictures with it and having a lot of fun with the hobby.  But I also love taking pictures with my iPhone and uploading them to Instagram.  You can see a portfolio of sorts on my DeviantArt photography folder if you’d like to see what my interests are.  
I’ve been uploading a lot of videos I take on YouTube.  You can head over to my channel and check it out as well.  

I’m getting back into website creation / design again.  MobileMe (now iCloud) is shutting down its web hosting services next month.  I have been using iWeb to create my websites.  Since I learned about the switch to iCloud about a year ago and that certain services were being discontinued, I stopped publishing / updating my website.  I almost gave up on website creation all together at that point as well.  Then a couple weeks ago, I stumbled upon RapidWeaver.  Now, I’ve used it before, but I found it intimidating and a little more difficult to use than iWeb.  But with iWeb (probably) on its way out of the iLife suite, and MobileMe hosting being shutdown, I figured it was time to make a transition.  I removed all remnants of my old website from MobileMe, I downloaded RapidWeaver, and then I began searching for hosting.  It didn’t take me too long to find good hosting.  Javabeanhosting is my host now for my new RapidWeaver website.  If anyone reading this is using RapidWeaver and wants a host that supports RapidWeaver and is compatible with most, if not all RapidWeaver plugins, check it out here.  Gregg, the founder, is very active on Twitter and Skype and makes himself readily available should you have questions.  Here’s his Twitter Page.  My new and improved website is now live for the masses.  This blog is directly tied into the website, even though it is hosted at Blogger.  You can check out my website here.  If you have any feedback on my website or would like to get in touch with me, feel free to use the Contact Form on my site to get in touch with me.  I will be making updates to the site as time progresses, so please keep coming back!

Just a side note, an FYI, I used to run this blog over on WordPress.com under the old URL littlepoopmachine.wordpress.com.  I have deleted that blog and migrated everything over to Blogger.  The reason behind leaving WordPress is that it would have been extremely difficult to move a blog to my website and keeping it inline with my website theme using WordPress.  Plus, I wanted to synchronize my WordPress blog with my website.  Well that’s not possible with WordPress and RapidWeaver currently.  That’s why I moved to Blogger.  RapidWeaver has an awesome 3rd party plugin called RapidBlog, which allows me to blog from my website directly in RapidWeaver, plus synchronize the content / posts directly from blogger to RapidWeaver and my website and vice versa!  Very handy tool!  It (not the RapidWeaver plugin, but Blogger) also allows me to blog from my iPad and iPhone as well, which will come in handy at times when I travel without my computer.  I know you can do mobile blogging with WordPress, but again, I wanted blog synchronization on my blogsite and well as my website.

Well I think that just about sums up what I’ve been up to these past several months.  Feel free to check out these links and feel free to leave a comment as well!  It feels good to be back in the blogging community again. 🙂

Is WordPress Having Problems?

I’m having a dumb issue with WordPress for some odd reason.  I’m not sure if it’s the iPhone app or the RSS feeds.  Whenever I make a new blog entry on my iPhone using the WordPress app, it seems like it takes 3 to 4 hours for a blog to get pushed through to Twitter and Facebook.  I wonder if I’ll have the same problems using WordPress.com.  That’s what I’m going to find out with this blog entry.

Is anyone else having a weird issue like this or anything else?  Please comment.

Bethel Blogging! MobileMe Vs. WordPress

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Good afternoon everyone!  I hope you all had an awesome weekend.

I had an awesome vacation/holiday with my awesome family!  I wasn’t able to see my sister, but I’ll get to see her in a couple weeks :).

Anyway, let’s get down to business.

First off, I love MobileMe.  It is a great service especially if you travel a lot and want access to a virtual USB thumb drive, if you desire to screen share back to your home iMac, or if, God forbid, you lose your iPhone.  But there is one thing that bothers me about the MobileMe service.

As many of you know by now, I used to blog using MobileMe.  I designed and maintained my own blogging site, which was a lot of fun.  I was able to customize the color scheme, add or remove pictures, youtube videos, etc.  But there was one draw back.  A lot of places would block access to the MobileMe service.  For example, I like to blog at Bethel College.  Unfortunately, Bethel College blocks access to some of the MobileMe services.  I am able to screen share to my MacBook Pro at home and access the files on that computer remotely, but I cannot access my iDisk nor am I able to update my former blog.  I was also unable to upload podcasts as well :(.  I also had the same problems at Calvin College.  However, I was able to find a work around, but it just added a lot of hassle and headaches to the situation.

Another draw back to the MobileMe service is that you cannot make the blogs look and feel streamlined on a mobile device.  So if you wanted to view my former blog on an iPhone, you had to view the whole website.  Luckily on my site, there isn’t a lot of data to load so it was able to load fast for the most part.  But I really wanted to have a website that had a mobile theme to it so it would look not only pleasant on a mobile device but also load quickly and save time on loading, especially for people without unlimited data plans.

Now that I’ve switched to WordPress, I’ve found a happy medium.  I am able to access the WordPress.com website from anywhere on my MacBook Air.  They even have an iPhone application so I can blog straight from my iPhone.  MobileMe does not have this functionality at all, but I hope one day it will.  I’ve also found a great Offline editor for my computers, if I’m away from a WiFi connection.

If the MobileMe blogging feature via iWeb were to gain support for mobile themed views and able to create/edit from the iPhone, I would think about switching back to MobileMe for blogging.  But for now, I am totally content with what I have and it works really well for my situation.  No more headaches!  🙂

What do you think about iWeb’s functionality for blogging?  Do you wish to see improvements for blogging via iWeb?  Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts and opinions :).

The Taurus Lives…Ecto Testing

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Hello everyone. I hope everyone is having a great night.

Well, I have received news on my cousin’s car. Turns out there is some sort of transmission problem. What we don’t know is how much damage has been done to the car and/or transmission. The mechanic believes that there is a leak due to a missing transmission dip stick. He has ordered one and it should be here Friday. We will know then if a leak is causing these problems. If it’s something serious, then we are in big trouble. It costs a lot of money to fix a transmission. Let’s hope it’s nothing really bad and let’s hope that there is no damage on the transmission.

On a lighter note, I think I found a good offline editor for blogging. It’s the first one I tried earlier. It’s called Ecto. It was sending empty texts windows. I’m not sure why either. It was really annoying. We’ll see how this works now. You can learn more about Ecto here: http://illuminex.com/ecto/ You get a 21 day trial upon download and it only costs $19.95 after that. It seems to work pretty good.

If this program works really well, I’ll write up a more thorough review later. Have a good night everyone. 🙂

Offline Blogging Editors – FAIL!

The Surrender Flag

Hello everyone.  I hope you are all having a wonder afternoon as you are now relaxing at home after work.  🙂

Anyway, I was trying out some different offline blogging editors for the Mac OS X platform and…wow!  I can’t figure out how they work.  I was trying out Ecto, a mac only offline editing client, but for some odd reason it wouldn’t publish the body of the post!  It’s so confusing!

I’ve tried five different times to get this to work and it ends with the white flag.  But if I need to do any offline blogging, I’ll just use iWork’s Pages to draft my blog entries and upload them when I’m back online.  I can also use the iPhone app as well.  🙂

Do you have an offline editor that’s easy to use and figure out?  Please comment if you do.  🙂

Blogging and TwitterFeed

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I promise this will be the last blog entry for the night.

I’m running into a small problem with TwitterFeed.  I love the TwitterFeed service, but for some odd reason I run into problems with TwitterFeed sending my blogs to Facebook.  I have the same feed sent to both Twitter and Facebook.  My blog will post to Twitter just fine, but for some reason, it either takes facebook hours to post or it won’t post at all and I have to re-authenticate TwitterFeed with facebook.  Are any of you having this problem?  Please comment if you know what’s going on or if there’s something I’m missing.