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Here’s to you, Future!

So here’s a bit of a personal blog about the future…my future. I’m coming up on my last semester at NMSU. Through all the changing of my majors and all the time I’ve put into school, I’m approaching my future. The whole time (bringing up my major changing) I should have gone with what I was good at: the web. I probably would have spent less time in college if I just went with that; and now I am.

Looking ahead, I have a lot of “ideas” of what might happen when I graduate; and I hope, no pray, things don’t turn horrible on me once I get to “my future”. So far, the future has been looking a little scary. I’ve never really looked far ahead, and even now I wonder if I am looking to far into it. But, here are some of the things I have been thinking about lately.

Working for NMSU as a Web Designer

I’ve been working at NMSU as a Web Designer/Coder for a while and I’ve even come up with this rad project called Accolade. It’s sort of an end result to all the different work I’ve done at different departments across NMSU. Approaching my last semester, today specifically, I was thinking about what is to become of Accolade when I leave…if I leave. If things go well, and I can figure out how to do this, I wouldn’t mind just continuing the project and becoming a web designer for NMSU. I love the college life and atmosphere (my friends would joke around and say “obviously,” because of how long I’ve been here). But, I really do love the place. I love Las Cruces, and I totally wouldn’t mind starting off with a Web Designer job at NMSU. The trick is finding the job and hoping I turned a few heads.

All in all I will make sure Accolade will live on after I leave. In fact, I spent a good amount of time today making sure the site will maintain itself for a few more years. So, even if they don’t hire me, it’s not like I am going to just take it away from them. Throughout my time at NMSU I have met people who benefited well from the work I’ve done (work we really did together). They don’t give a hoot about HTML, PHP, Javascript, etc either. They just need something that makes editing websites easy for them. I want to make sure that whoever else is out there has something reasonable to work with, so I don’t have any plans on killing Accolade if I leave.

Working for a Start-up

This has been on my mind since I took a class in venture capitol for technology companies. I fell in love with the atmosphere of a start-up. I have no experience with a start-up, but from what I hear it seems like the kind of work I love to do. I was attracted to the risk, focus, determination, and turnaround times for the kind of work that start-ups do. Deep down I’m a quick and dirty designer who like to get projects out the next day, or stay up all night coding a slick new feature, and from what I can tell- that’s a start-up! I’ve been spending some time looking up the kinds of startup companies that might be cool to work for, and everytime I find a new one I get more excited about it.

But, it will take work I’m sure. I am not even sure how to approach this idea yet, but it is something I’m actively looking into!

Work for Facebook (or Google, or WordPress- or Mozilla) [in no particular order]

I know, I know. But, they are really awesome companies to work for, and there’s no way I am not going to try. The innovation and work-style these companies have are very (very) attractive to me. I love the web, and when it comes to the web these companies are all about it and that’s the kind of environment I would thrive on. I’m more than just a web designer, I’m also kind of a geek that cares about things like web standards and cool new web things. I can totally build your business’s website, no sweat. But, if I could work for a company that cares about how people actually use the web, that goes beyond just building a websites and involves you in something bigger.

I’m definitely going to include these far-fetched “dreams” in my peripheral view. I don’t expect anything, but I am totally going to try!

Start My Own Web Company/Consult

This is the most frightening and exciting idea of all. I’m sure it’s not going to be a one-time shot, given I do it, but I have always wanted to create a company. I have a nack for knowing what people need and using technology to facilitate that need. I also love just doing neat helpful things for people (like what Matt did with WordPress). That’s what a company, that I would want to run, would be all about. It’s always been in the back of my head, just sitting there needing an idea to go off of. Once in a while I have a friend or someone I’m working for mention it and it always sparks a bit of excitement.

This one, though, is sort of an “if it happens” or “if the opportunity finds itself” idea.

Reality

…and then, there’s reality (dun dun dun!!!).

I probably will be just applying for any job I can find and trying to find one that pays the bills. Since I will have no income once I graduate (given my previous ideas are likely not to just pounce out of thin air), I sense “reality” being a part of my overall strategy. This could take me anywhere. It could happen right away or it could take a while to find something. If I am headed this route, I hope I look back at today and praise it instead of curse it.

Backup and save your feed content using Google Reader & Mozilla Archives

So, today I wanted to go ahead and backup the content from my Google Reader. What I do is subscribe to my own websites, and my Facebook feeds, my Twitter Feeds, etc. Why? Because, say you want to save all your Twitter posts in a convenient file or archive (every single one). What you would have to do is click ‘more posts’ on the bottom of the page over and over until you get all your tweets. The same for your blogs, and Facebook updates, etc. But, because most of these sites use RSS, and Google archives each and every entry (Twitter, for instance, will only let you go so far back), you can load them all up on one page and save them.

This is how I do it (watch video to see what this actually does):

  1. Make sure you install Mozilla Archive.
    It is going to let you save the entire page (with nothing missing) as a file you can load up on your browser, with all the content, faithfully; even offline.
  2. Load up Google Reader and select the feed (or folder, which is what I do all the time) you want to backup.
  3. Start to scroll down to the very last entry.
    Google Reader, by default, loads up more posts as you scroll down until you’ve loaded them all. To cheat, just middle click your mouse and get the scroll lock feature and let it scroll down automatically. Go grab some coffee, talk to a friend, watch a few YouTube movies to pass the time.
  4. Then File > Save Page as Archive.

It’s the best way I have found to backup your online life. I also save entire blogs this way too, so when offline, I can reference the information later (given they don’t use exerpts).

Note that the backup is going to only go as far back to the date you subscribed to the feed. Because of this, anytime I start a site, or start a new service that supports RSS, I subscribe to it and add it to a ‘backup’ folder in Google Reader.

Coding Wars

So I haven’t really been doing any coding the last few months. The majority of my work has been working on computer systems and such. But, recently, I’ve been doing more coding. Also, during my time of absence, I decided to use Google Chrome and Vim sometime along the way. I wanted to check out Chrome and give it a fair try and learn more Vim/Vi. But, today I was coding a website using Google Chrome/Web Tools and Vim and ended up frustrated and not getting any work done until I decided to go back to my old ways…

Vim

Vim is very frustrating. All I had to do was hit a few wrong keys and I could really get frustrated with Vim. Although I found a few features useful (not really features that couldn’t be found in other editors), it was just to cumbersome to use for development. On a server environment it totally makes sense, but in a desktop environment it is clunky. I know it is powerful, I was able to customize tons of stuff- but unless you know where or how to customize it, it really is hard to customize.

Chrome

Chrome is fast! No doubt about it. But, once I really started trying to edit a page, Chrome just kept getting glitchier and glitchier. Chrome is a great browser for regular Internet browsing use. I just inserted an image into my WordPress post and realized I haven’t re-sized an image in the editor in months!

Going Back

But the moment came when, in my frustration, I brought up my typical Notepad++/Firefox/Firebug setup. I spent all day getting tons of coding work done than I have the last two weeks using Chrome and Vim. I had almost forgot how comfortable I was using this as my primary setup.

Bandwagon

I really feel like I just totally got on the bandwagon when it came to Chrome and Vim. I know Vim is useful, I know Chrome is powerful. But, when it comes down to getting real work done, being on the bandwagon was actually a bumpy ride.

Browser War Continues

So, the browser wars continue. I have talked about the ‘itch‘ before, and I got it today. But, rather than being about Ubuntu or OS’s, it was with my browsers. For the last few months, possibly since my last post, Firefox has held the crown. But, upon getting the itch, I started using Chrome again. I think it was because of my recent failure to get Firefox Mobile on my Android LG phone. Then, I loaded up IE9, which consequently crashed once I went to Hulu.

I also have Firefox 4 beta on my machine, which I have loaded from time to time, yet I have not used it due to lack of compatibility with some of my favorite addons. Addons were what won me over to Firefox before, especially Firebug. It still remains on my taskbar as a ‘development’ browser in my mind, currently. Firebug is just something Chrome users are burning for, I assume that because I am. I know, I know, there are developer tools in Chrome; but, they’re clunky and slow. I’ve been doing some comparing this morning, loading up the new Facebook infinite scrolling photos to see which browser would have the hardest time. IE9 won, Chrome and Firefox really had no difference, although I did notice Chrome had a hard time opening up a tab after all that, while Firefox did not.

It’s interesting the guilt I have for having Chrome on right now. I am an avid open source supporter, and even though Chrome is open, Firefox has been around for so long. I would hate to see Firefox die because of Chrome (think Netscape Navigator). But Firefox 4, it just seems too much. Firefox 3.6 is nice, and really competes with Chrome. But, Firefox 4 is just too clunky, even more clunky than IE9. I like the idea of organizing tabs, but sometimes too many options are just no options. I think Firefox should leave the advanced eye candy stuff to the addon people, where it belongs. Chrome, is simple, that’s really why I like it.

I think, if Chrome integrated Firebug as a developer tool, I would probably uninstall Firefox…

Back to the Fox; Firefox vs Google Chrome

This morning I hit ‘Yes’ when Firefox asked me if I wanted to make it my default web browser. To tell the truth, I missed it, and Google Chrome just isn’t there yet. It’s fast, for sure.  But, it’s buggy. I wonder if anyone else has noticed it, but often my plugins crash, Chrome suddenly quits, and I swear I click close on accident and all my tabs are gone, just like that (annoying!).

Initially, I went to Chrome to try it out.  Just to really give it a shot, check it out. Being a web-developer of sorts, I think it’s important to really know your browsers. But, I have to admit, I had a bit of a bandwagon moment too. Seems everyone is using Chrome (including Dave Shea, which really got me thinking about the quality of the browser), and I thought it at least deserved a fair chance on my computer. Its speed was what really put me over to give it a try and I’ve been using it for about four months or so. Oh, and the syncing features were also handy- but I will be trying Mozilla Sync until Firefox 4 comes out (just installed).

I just (just now) re-sized the image in this post, something Chrome would not let me do. I think Chrome has a lot of big things going for it, but a lot of small things it doesn’t (such as resizing that image). Firefox just seems to have the history required to have all those fine-details polished over. Using developer tools in Google Chrome is both a powerful thing and a nightmare. It takes forever to load, the user interface is clunky and slow. One of the main reasons I even installed Firefox this morning was because, constantly, Google Chrome’s developer tools (webkit) crash and I’m left with a blank area where it used to be. I have to shut down the whole window and start all over. Firebug is just way more comfortable, fast, and high-end if you ask me.

So, I will be using Firefox again- and, of course, I will share my experience (and, maybe, what I miss about Chrome). I think giving all these browsers (not sure if I will ever give IE or Opera their deserved time, but who knows) really helps give you a real impression of what you want.