The Great Migration

Today marks the end of the great migration from my old web host to my new one. My old host Arvixe has put one step too many out of place. A colleague of mine mentioned they were acquired by a conglomerate known as EIG Hosting and ever since their support has been abysmal. Not to mention they stopped providing free domain privacy without telling me. Very poor. I have since moved to A2 Hosting and am fairly happy with them so far. During the upgrade I also updated my homepage with Bootstrap.

Work has been good. I have been learning a lot about ServiceNow as I continue to administer the system. Go-live is only 8 business days away and things are getting pretty fast-paced. In among the work I have applied for a new position a few steps up the ladder, and will be interviewing in a week or so. If all goes well I may be in charge of people soon!

Another project is on the go, however I don’t want to jinx it. It’s hard to find time between home and work, and motivation can be lacking after an already stressful day.

No Man’s Sky came and went. It was what they said it was going to be, and what I expected it to be, but it certainly fell short of what a lot of people wanted. I put probably 40 hours into it, and while I didn’t get to the centre of the galaxy, I definitely have done most stuff. I’ll go back to it when they have patched in a bit more content.

Thanks for listening!

I’ve Been Thinking…

With my personal website down, and my other project taking off (hitting about 300 visits per month… That’s gotta be a Personal Best) I have been thinking about what I’m going to do with my homepage.

I was originally playing with making boxes circles, and having “bubbles” of information, but I feel that circles are a bit overdone. My latest though has been a combination of Javascript (which I really should learn) and CSS to make an interactive, but not flash, website.

Imagine loading the page and having a picture of a lamp turned off, and a chord. Click the chord and the light bulb appears in the lamp, and shows some information. Move the mouse towards the information and roll over something which flashes then disapears. You go searching and discover it’s my twitter feed.

Interesting ideas, all completely doable with a little outside-the-box thinking and googleing “How to make stuff disappear with CSS”. I love researching and interesting, but simplistic ideas. Cross-browser the idea could be hard, but if I build it for chrome and firefox, I have cornered the market.

In other news, I think I have found a midi-tower case for my N.A.S. – The NZXT Temest 410 Elite (Assuming it fits in my cabinet) would be amazing. Room for 8 HDD’s, cable management, full ATX support and enough fans to keep everything cool. Throw in an 80+ Gold PSU and away we go.

Patrice and I are also in the process of printing our Wedding photos via Big W Photos. We are doing some canvases, a couple of photo books and a whole bunch of prints. Can’t wait to see how they all turn out.

I think that’s about it from me for now. Till next time!

Andrew

Reworking the Juggernaught

Ever since high school I have had web hosting. Originally, it was through NearlyFreeSpeech until they changed all their pricing options, and started to jip me. Then, after some research, I found Arvixe.

They offered an excellent service, with the right sort of payment plans and comitments. They also offered a free Domain name. So, being a bit more mature than I was when I registered www.sodderinc.com (Patrice helped me pick it) I registered “www.andrewdor.com” – which is where I have resided ever since.

When I started the new hosting, I spent some time migrating the old sites across, however I never really did anything with the top-level domain. It was originally a portfolio in an attempt to get in to the game design industry. That failed spectacularly.

With the new lease of life I have given my Blog (over here at blog.andrewdor.com) I feel it might be time to try rebuilding and repurposing my “andrewdor.com” domain. What could it be? Who knows! Maybe a small advertisment for myself, or just links to my various other endeavours?

Anyway, I think I’m going to blog about my web design experiences here, and I can use the extra thinking time while writing to subconsciously tackle those tricky situations which always arise when cobbling together the magic that is the Internet. Amazing what you can do with a netbook, a wireless hotspot on your phone and some time on a train, isn’t it?