Removing Disqus

August 19, 2018

After writing my Privacy Policy in the midst of the whole GDPR thing, I kind of realized that I didn’t much like that Disqus could still potentially be tracking users of the site (even though I had all of the tracking/telemetry data turned off) since they do keep a session cookie for the current user. I think it’s a good platform for people who do need comments and the ability to monetize, but at present, I need neither of those...

Winclipper 1.1 - A Retrospective

March 23, 2018

I just want to start this post with a massive, “Phew.” Winclipper 1.1 was an interesting release for me compared to its 1.0 initial release. I built Winclipper for myself rather than for any particular person (the fact that there are any people using it at all is nothing short of mind blowing!), and I was creating it as an opportunity to teach myself C++ and the Win32 API. It took almost exactly one year from me clicking “New Project”...

The Need to Archive

December 25, 2017

I never used to really understand people who downloaded everything that they came across. I also used to believe that anything that existed on the internet could never truly be erased. All of that changed recently when I saw a video that I had liked from the MLP fandom get re-uploaded to a channel that tracks this kind of deleted content. At this point, I paused and said to myself, “Maybe downloading all of your favorite stuff isn’t so crazy....

Too Many Options

April 18, 2017

Something that I’ve come to realize is that I’m terrible at committing to a project. Reddit would tell me that this is the plight of every developer, but were that completely true, we wouldn’t have all of the handy utilities that we use every day. What makes committing to a project so difficult? I have come to the conclusion that (besides boredom) the reason is due to the imperfections of every language. Given enough time and complexity, a developer will...

Still Not Dead - Also UWP Stuff

March 23, 2017

I guess I haven’t posted in a while. Not here anyway. There really isn’t very much incentive to because people don’t ever seem to come to this site. Not really surprising. What’s happened in my life since my last post? The answer: not much. I’ve stayed busy with work for the most part, but I’ve worked a little bit on some personal projects. I guess this will be another one of those data-dump kind of posts. Work things that I...

I'll Be a Little Inactive for a While

July 20, 2016

I’m currently the Dungeon Master for a D&D 5e campaign (Hoard of the Dragon Queen), and it’s taking up a fair amount of my time since I’m still getting used to being a DM. I do plan on getting back to software development whenever I get things a bit more organized. This past weekend included attending Tokyo in Tulsa, running our first campaign session, and taking my car into the dealership. And all of this while I’m playing PokémonGO. If...

Apple Watch Achievement Woes and Resolutions

May 31, 2016

Picture this… You’re attempting to get a Perfect Month achievement on your Apple Watch. One day you lose track of time and don’t do your evening workout. You realize that you are almost out of time, and so you make a mad dash to get your activity in for the day. You look like you’re going to make it, and then you do! You notice something is wrong, however. You never saw the achievement pop up, and now the time...

Making of a Developer

March 20, 2016

Well, well, well. It finally happened. I had to bite the bullet and pay for Apple Developer membership. It’s not a big price to pay, and it’s not like it will go unused, but more on that later. This post is (mostly) about the journey that I had to take to get there. But first, a little history lesson on how I got here. A Little History BetterPonymotes (BPM) is a browser add-on that sticks My Little Pony emotes into...

Nope, I Was Wrong

February 6, 2016

Turns out the certificate that I got was not what I thought it was. My certificate is still set to expire in March. I’ll be honest, I do not understand certificates one bit. I understand what they do, but I have no idea how they work and what’s what. If anyone out there has a concise explanation of how code signing works, and how different types of certs (root, intermediate, etc.) work, please let me know in the comments. Looks...

New Year and I'm Still Lazy

January 24, 2016

Goodness, it has been a long time since I’ve posted. I almost posted something in September, but then I decided against it, because there really wasn’t anything interesting to be said in it. So what has been happening? Well, I got a job as a software developer, and that has been going quite well, but at the moment I’m very busy. I’m actually the only developer who’s actively working on customer deployments, and they are really beginning to pile up....