take a break

Round 1 complete

So I finished the first 5 hours of my plan. I made a little bit of progress on Race Analyzer but I also sort of broke what I already had (which wasn't much). I need to understand the relationship between a wxFrame and a wxPanel in that frame in order to get any further on that front.

I didn't get anything done on my other website. I spent some time trying to get some spyware off my home system. I used the beta version of Microsoft's spyware thing which seemed to do most of the job after about 5 reboots. So that pretty much cost me the first hour or so.

I think I got quite a bit done for the amount of time I spent on it. Hopefully I will be able to do a little bit more on the website stuff over the next couple of days.

Now I have to put the second part of my plan for these days off into motion. Excuse me while I get ready for my long bike ride.
category: Development posted on Friday September 30, 2005 at 13:44:14 by: 0xCC

Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the first day off of a series of days off I have planned for October. I want to use this time to get through a few things that I haven't managed to get finished up in the last little while as well as work on the launch of a new website.

In order to ensure I do manage to accomplish what I hope to accomplish I want to have clear objectives for the days that I have off. As I mentioned in the previous post I plan to work for 5 solid hours.

For tomorrow I want to accomplish two things. First, I want to code up some sliders to see if they will work for Race Analyzer. I expect that this will take the majority of my time tomorrow. Second, I want to get the first rough design on my new website.

I will report back tomorrow.
category: Development posted on Thursday September 29, 2005 at 22:46:03 by: 0xCC

Mulling...

I have been thinking recently that if I want to be serious about getting a software product out there I need to block out some time to do it. Over the summer (while M was getting her much deserved summer off from teaching) I was thinking that having a large block of time off work could allow me to get over the hump of actually getting something out there. Taking a large block of time probably would have meant taking some unpaid time off, which I would have been ok with. However, I wasn't sure that I would be able to take full advantage of a large amount of time (I'm thinking on the order of a month here).

So I came up with what I think is a good compromise. I am making very weekend in October a long weekend. Starting this weekend coming up, I will be taking Friday off. For Thanksgiving weekend (the 8-9-10 weekend here in Canada) I am going to be making that a 5 day weekend (Saturday to Wednesday). It looks like we will be busy with family related things on Saturday and Sunday which will probably work out well, giving me Monday to Wednesday to plow through some stuff.

I know that if I don't have some fairly solid goals for the time that I have off I won't be satisfied with the progress that I end up making. My plan is to get 5 hours a day of fairly solid work done. I plan to be in my office from 7am until 12pm with only very brief breaks. Then I plan to have lunch and spend a couple of hours on the bike in the afternoon and after that maybe some work around the house. For the weekends with 3 days (3 of them total) I hope to do 2 days like that (probably Friday and Saturday). For the 5 day weekend I hope to do 3 days like that. That will give me a total of 45 hours of work (a little more than a full work week).

What do I plan to accomplish in that time? I hope to accomplish three things (which is probably optimistic). First, get Race Analyzer to a useable state (the most technically challenging of the 3 for me). Second, get both IntThree.com and my new domain (which I hope to do live with sometime in October) redesigned and to the level that I would be proud of (the most creatively challenging for me of the 3). Third, develop a training-log oriented blog CMS (the most involved and heaviest work load of the 3) with the objective of allowing very quick and easy training log entries. The frist version of this will be very basic and won't have much more functionality than a regular blog but I hope to be able to add features to it that will be very useful for endurance athletes.

I think this is fairly ambitious and I think that in order to get the most out of the time I am taking off I am going to need to use some evenings to make sure I have a good plan of action for the days I have off. I will also need to ensure that I have the resources I require before those days off. I hope to post a plan of action for the days off here the evening before the day off (which for most weekends will be Thursday) and I hope to post my status in the late afternoon of the day off.

So that's the idea. Stay tuned to find out how it goes.
category: Development posted on Monday September 26, 2005 at 07:11:41 by: 0xCC

Server Switch

Over the weekend I switched servers. My hosting account was coming up for renewal and I was looking for a little more flexibility with my hosting account. I now have a second domain that I intend to get up and running in the next month or so and my old provider didn't provide quite the flexibility I was looking for.

So after getting a little bit of an education in MySQL I managed to get this site moved over to the new server. I know there are about 3 pictures that didn't quite make the move but I should be able to get that set up in the next day or so.
category: General posted on Monday September 26, 2005 at 06:17:47 by: 0xCC